If Your BMW M2, M3, or M4 was recalled last January, it’s likely to be recalled again

Recalls are a hassle, but when one recall leads to another recall, that’s when things get annoying. Unfortunately, that’s the predicament certain owners of the BMW M2 Coupe, M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe, and M4 Convertible are now facing after BMW North America announced a new round of recalls for 2015 to 2017 model years of the aforementioned models, all because BMW dealerships messed up on a repair involving the rear differential during a previous recall last January 2016.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW dealers used the same rear sub-frame bolts to replace the rear differential on the M cars. The problem with that is that these bolts were designed to be used only as one-time-use fasteners, as per the automaker’s own vehicle assembly process. If they’re used more than once, there’s a good chance that the “clamp force may not be achieved when torquing down the bolts,” resulting in the possibility of them loosening as they wear out. When that happens, the car’s handling and control could be compromised, which could then lead to the possibility of a crash taking place.

All told, 66 units are potentially affected by the new recall, including five M2 Coupe made from May 31 to June 20, 2016; 32 M3 Sedans manufactured from June 17, 2014 to June 13, 2016; 26 M4 Coupes built from May 2, 2014 to June 14, 2016; and three M4 Convertibles assembled from May 29, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Fortunately, no incidents have been reported concerning the condition of the affected models.

It must be said though that the NHTSA has absolved BMW dealerships of any blame for the fresh round of recalls. Apparently, BMW didn’t give specific instructions to use new rear sub-frame bolts, which could’ve led to dealership engineers using the same bolts to replace the differential.

The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2016. In the days leading up to it, BMW will be notifying affected owners and certain dealerships of the impending recall. The latter is expected to replace the affected rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts without owners incurring any costs.

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Better to do it again than be sorry later

I’ve always been of the belief that recalls are the perfect example of short term annoyances that breed long term benefits for those who are affected by them. I know how much of a hassle they are because I’ve had my share of recalls as a car owner. But it’s also better to just heed them and get the process over it instead of ignoring them completely and opening yourselves to potential dangers down the road.

Now this BMW recall is unique because the problem should’ve already been fixed in the first round of recalls. But because of some miscommunication between the automaker and its dealerships, owners are now put in a position to have their cars sent back to their dealerships so the proper repairs are made.

The good news is that the number of recalled cars aren’t as big as I thought it would be. Only 66 units are affected and they’re only for four different M models. Some might say it’s 66 units too many, but at the end of the day, let’s just be thankful that it’s not in the three and four digits.

So for those who have models that are affected, heed BMW’s notice and get them fixed right away. You’ll be better of that way instead of putting it off completely. You never what’s going to happen to your cars if you don’t get the issues addressed as soon as possible.

Read our full review on the 2016 BMW M2 here.

Source: NHTSA

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