The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that BMW will recall 210,161 units of its X3, X4, X5 and X6 SUVs in the country over two separate issues – one regarding a flaw in the ISOFIX child seat anchors, the other concerning a driveshaft defect.

The first recall campaign involves 188,668 units of the 2011-2017 BMW X3 sDrive28i, xDrive28i and xDrive35i, 2015-2017 BMW X3 xDrive28d and 2015-2017 BMW X4 xDrive28i, xDrive35i and xDriveM40i. The issue here are lower child seat anchor bars that may become damaged when using ISOFIX seats, which could increase the child’s risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Affected owners will be notified, and dealers will rectify the issue by welding a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and vehicle body, free of charge. The recall is expected to commence on July 12.


Meanwhile, BMW will also recall 21,493 units of the 2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i, xDrive35d and xDrive50i, BMW X5 M, BMW X6 xDrive50i, BMW X6 Active Hybrid and BMW X6 M, over a front driveshaft universal joint which may not seal out water and debris potentially causing the joint to be damaged and eventually fail.

Such a failure would cause the front wheels to not be driven, affecting vehicle traction; it could also damage other components if the vehicle continues to be driven. Both could increase the risk of a crash. As with the earlier recall, BMW will notify affected owners, and dealers will install a new driveshaft free of charge. The recall is slated to kick off on July 1.

We’ve contacted BMW Malaysia, and a source there has confirmed that Malaysian-market models are not affected by the two recalls.