BMW sport-ute recalled 3 more times

Other recalls
2000-01 FORD WINDSTAR WITH ADJUSTABLE PEDALS

Problem: Floor mat interferes with accelerator pedal.

Fix: Replace floor mats.

Number: 45,800.



2001-02 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500 AND 3500, GMC SIERRA 2500 AND 3500, ALL WITH 6.6-LITER DIESEL ENGINES

Problem: When brake fluid is low, warning light does not come on.

Fix: Change electrical ground location.

Number: 39,000.



1996-97 CHEVROLET BLAZER, GMC JIMMY, OLDSMOBILE BRAVADA, IN SELECTED STATES ONLY

Problem: Upper control arm ball joints fail, impairing steering and causing suspension to collapse.

Fix: Replace ball joints.

Number: 48,600.



2001 AUDI A6 ALLROAD

Problem: Under heavy loads, overlapping windshield wipers catch on one another and stop working.

Fix: Replace driver-side wiper arm.

Number: 2,800.

WASHINGTON - The Ford Escape took a media beating for having five safety recalls in the first few months after its introduction.

Now the BMW X5, on the market about one and a half times as long as Escape, is up to nine.

The three most recent X5 recalls came in a single month, according to the latest list of repair campaigns compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

NHTSA said more than 14,000 X5 4.4i sport-utilities from the 2000-01 model years are being recalled because particles build up on electrical contacts in the transmission gear indicator switch.

If the particles disrupt current while the vehicle is in park or neutral, the transmission goes into an emergency mode, allowing it to operate only in lower gears.

The agency said the inability to accelerate normally or operate at highway speeds is a safety hazard.

BMW of North America Inc. is replacing the switches.

NHTSA said nearly 14,000 X5 4.4i vehicles, also from the 2000-01 model years, are being recalled because an oil line, armored with steel mesh, chafes on a brake line and can cause brake fluid leaks.

Dealers are to install a rubber spacer where the oil filter is mounted to keep the lines from contacting one another, the agency said.

Some X5s also are part of a broader recall of 2001 BMWs because of cooling fan failures. Fans are to be replaced on about 50,000 vehicles.

The affected models also include the 3 series, 5 series, 7 series and Z8, the company said.

BMW spokesman Dave Buchko said he did not know the X5 recall count had reached nine and was unaware of any company concern that there are quality problems with the vehicle, which is assembled at a new plant in Spartanburg, S.C.

"Each (recall) has to be taken in context," he said, blaming a supplier for the faulty cooling fans as an example.

2 Civic recalls

Elsewhere, American Honda Motor Co. is conducting two recalls of 2001 Honda Civics.

About 121,000 cars are being recalled so that hose clamps on fuel filler neck tubes can be tightened to specifications.

NHTSA said insufficient tightening leads to gasoline spills in crashes.

Owners of about 56,000 Civics are to return them for replacement of fuel pumps that may fail because of corrosion on electrical connections, caused by water used in testing, NHTSA said.

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