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BMW, Ford issue recalls

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BMW X5 SUV

DETROIT — BMW is recalling nearly 250,000 X5 SUVs because a bolt can break and cause the loss of power-assisted steering.

The recall affects the 2009-12 X5 xDrive 35d models with diesel engines.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the bolt holding a belt pulley can loosen and break.

The SUVs can lose power steering, increasing the risk of a crash. The BMWs still have manual steering, but it takes far more effort to turn the wheel, especially at low speeds.

BMW dealers will replace the bolt and tighten it to the proper specifications. They’ll also add a coating that keeps the bolts from coming loose.

U.S. owners will be notified about the recall in January.

Ford Fusion, Escape

DEARBORN, MICH. — Ford will update software on 2013 Escapes and Fusions to stop their engines from overheating, a problem that has caused a small number of fires.

Reports of nine fires prompted the automaker to recall more than 89,000 of the SUVS and midsize sedans last month. Only models with 1.6-liter turbocharged engines were recalled.

Ford offered free loaner cars until it figured out what caused the fires.

The overheating problem occurs when coolant doesn’t flow through the radiator to be cooled, Ford Motor Co. said Monday. Engineers found that a valve that controls the flow of coolant to the radiator wasn’t opening at the right time.

A software change in the computer that controls the valve will solve the problem.

If drivers see a warning light about overheating, they should pull to the side of the road, shut down the engine and call their dealers.


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