Joined: Nov 2013
BMW 5 Series Towing Ball Recall
BMW is recalling some 5 Series cars because a towed trailer could detach unexpectedly.
An electronically deployed tow hitch is automatically deployed by a button located in the luggage compartment. The pivot uses a mechanical control link which is electrically adjusted. This is necessary to prevent a loosening or shaking loose of the end stop during driving. Due to a software error in the instrument cluster the driver may not get prior warning if the adjustment fails. The consequences of this are that the ball hitch can shake loose from the end stop whilst driving. The control link can break due to the imposed load of the trailer and the hitch can pivot downwards causing loosening/detachment of the trailer and adversely affect the vehicle control.
BMW is recalling the affected 5 Series cars and reprogramming the instrument cluster and control unit.
There are 13 BMW 5 Series cars affected by this recall. They were built between June 2013 and November 2013.