Almost 1,000 clean-diesel versions of the 2012 BMW X5 crossover will be recalled to replace a part that could cause the power steering to fail.

Only the diesel model, known as the X5 xDrive35d, is affected. The X5 xDrive 35i and 50i versions with gasoline engines are not part of the recall.

According to BMW, 923 vehicles built from March 31 through May 19 of this year are being recalled for faulty welds in the power-steering belt tensioner.

If the welds were to crack, the belt would lose tension and the steering would lose its power assist, increasing the effort needed to steer and potentially raising the risk of an accident.

BMW will notify owners of the affected vehicles by first-class mail to bring the diesel X5 models into their local dealer, who will replace the belt tensioner assembly at no charge.

Owners who have further questions or concerns should call the BMW customer relations hotline at (800) 525-7417. They can also reach the Vehicle Safety Hotline, operated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at (888) 327-4236.

All BMW X5 models are built in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

[NHTSA via TheCarConnection]


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