Loose bolts prompt small BMW 3 Series recall

BMW will be recalling a small number of its 3 Series vehicles for an issue with the front drive shaft bolts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the bolts in approximately 190 328i and 335i sport sedans from the 2011 model year may not have been tightened properly and may come loose.

If the bolts do loosen, this could lead to a loss of power for the front wheels and possibly a total breakdown, which can increase the risk of a crash. BMW will begin notifying owners of affected cars in October, and any necessary repairs will be made free-of-charge.

According to The Chicago Tribune, the German automaker also recalled other 3 Series vehicles earlier this month for a potential problem with tail lights. These cars were from the 2002 to 2005 model years, and nearly 241,000 models are affected.

When drivers are looking to buy a vehicle with a used car loan, whether it is a BMW or another brand, it is important to find out if any recalls have been made and if the appropriate repairs have been done. Shoppers should ask dealers for vehicle maintenance and repair history reports and have an independent mechanic take a look under the hood before a purchase is final.