WASHINGTON – BMW of North America is recalling 42 2015-’16 BMW M3 sedans and 2016 BMW M4 coupes and convertibles for a potential driveshaft problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“The affected vehicles have a driveshaft with a slip-joint that may not have been filled with grease,” said NHTSA in its recall summary. “As a result, the slip-joint may fail over time. If the slip-joint fails, there would be a loss of power to the rear axle and the vehicle would stop moving, increasing the risk of a crash.
A stop-sale order has been issued until the cars can be repaired.
BMW told federal safety regulators there are no injuries or accidents linked to the recall.
The problem was discovered during BMW’s internal quality control procedures.
“If you hear a loud clunking noise, or if you suddenly lose power, your vehicle may be experiencing this issue,” said BMW in a document filed with NHTSA. “If this occurs, you should carefully move away from traffic and pull over to a safe location as soon as possible.”
In this instance, owners can contact BMW roadside assistance at 1-800-332-4269 to have the vehicle brought to the nearest BMW dealer.
BMW dealers will inspect the driveshaft, replacing it as necessary. The recall is expected to begin on January 8. Owners can contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Edmunds says: BMW is telling owners to wait for their official recall notice before scheduling a service appointment, since dealers are waiting for the necessary parts and instructions. But if you have an immediate concern, it’s best to contact BMW roadside assistance or your dealer now.