DETROIT -- BMW is recallingabout 35,000 X5 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because a bolt can break andcause the loss of power-assisted steering.
The recall affects X5 xDrive 35d models with diesel engines from the 2009 through 2012 model years.
TheU.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the boltholding a belt pulley can loosen and break. If that happens the SUVs canlose power-assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
So far no crashes or injuries have been reported from the problem.
Thetrouble was discovered last year in Canada. BMW dealers will replacethe bolt and tighten it to the proper specifications. They'll also add acoating that keeps the bolts from coming loose. U.S. owners will benotified about the recall in January.