One issue affects child safety seats, and the other requires replacing the front driveshaft.

BMW will recall 210,161 vehicles in the United States in two separate campaigns for different problems with its crossovers. The larger issue covers 188,668 examples of the 2011-2017 X3 and 2015-2017 X4. The smaller one affects 21,493 examples of the 2011 X5 and X6.

In the X3 and X4, the rigid connectors for attaching ISOFIX-compatible child safety seats can damage the lower anchor bars. This could cause the anchor not to hold properly in a crash. BMW is clear this problem largely affects Europe because this type of child seat is more common there. Americans tend to use LATCH connectors, which are more flexible. The company has no reports of injuries or fatalities from this problem.

To fix the issue, the brand’s dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle’s body. BMW will begin the recall on July 12.

The problem with the X5 and X6 concerns possible failure of the front driveshaft’s universal joint. Due to a manufacturing error, the part’s seal can allow dirt and water to get inside and corrode the component. In a worst-case scenario, the driveshaft could stop sending power to the front wheels. If this happens, it wouldn't affect the rear axle, though. The company also has no reports of injuries or fatalities from this issue.

To make the repair, dealers will replace the front driveshaft on these vehicles. The recall will begin July 1.

Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [1][2]

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RECALL Subject : Possible Damage to Lower Child Seat Anchor Bars

Report Receipt Date: MAY 23, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V333000
Component(s): CHILD SEAT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 188,668

All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
  • BMW X3 2011-2017
  • BMW X4 2015-2017
Details
 
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
 
SUMMARY:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2011-2017, X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i and X3 xDrive35i, vehicles manufactured July 2, 2010 to April 14, 2016, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014 to March 31, 2016, and 2015-2017 x4 xDrive28i, X4 xDrive35i and X4 xDriveM40i vehicles manufactured March3, 2014 to April 15, 2016. The affected vehicles have lower anchor bars for securing child restraint seats that may become damaged when using the European-ISOFIX-type, rigid-style connector, child restraint system.
CONSEQUENCE:
Damaged lower anchor bars may increase the child's risk of injury in the event of a crash.
REMEDY:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 12, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
 
RECALL Subject : Front Driveshaft Universal Joint may Fail
Report Receipt Date: MAY 17, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V311000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 21,493

All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
  • BMW X5 2011
  • BMW X5 DIESEL SAV 2011
  • BMW X6 2011
  • BMW X6 ACTIVEHYBRID SAC 2011
Details
 
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
 
SUMMARY:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2011 X5 xDrive 35i, xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M vehicles manufactured April 5, 2010, to November 20, 2010, 2011 X5 xDrive35d diesel vehicles manufactured April 7, 2010, to November 20, 2010, and 2011 X6 Active Hybrid vehicles manufactured April 15, 2010, to November 17, 2010. The affected vehicles have a front driveshaft universal joint that may not seal out water and debris from getting in and damaging the joint, which could lead to its failure.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the front universal joint fails, the front wheels would not be driven, affecting vehicle traction. Additionally, continued driving of the vehicle with a broken front universal joint may damage other components. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driveshaft, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 1, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.