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Some 250,000 BMW X5 and X6 models are being recalled worldwide due to a steering fault.

In the UK, the German firm is recalling approximately 22,000 certain X5 and X6 models built between January 2007 and March 2010.

A BMW UK statement issued said: "This is due to an issue with a bolt that secures the engine drive belt which, in certain extreme circumstances, may become loose and fracture.

"In rare cases this could result in owners losing power steering assistance and being alerted by a warning light on the instrument cluster.

"This issue has come to light through the continuous testing and development of BMW vehicles and some customer feedback. No accidents or injuries have been reported to us.

"The number of cars affected by this recall during the three year time frame in the UK is approximately 22,000."

According to the Huffington Post, the fault was discovered in Canada where BMW received 85 reports from dealers and customers. Around 5,500 cars are being recalled in Canada and just under 30,000 in the US.

BMW UK said owners of affected cars will be contacted in the coming weeks and asked to arrange a visit to their dealer. Any concerned BMW X5 or X6 owners should contact the BMW customer service number on 0800 325600.