BMW recalling 3 Series models over faulty tail lights

Posted September 1, 2011 by in News | No comments yet

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2002-2005 325I, 325XI, 330I, AND 330XI VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2001, THROUGH MARCH 1, 2005. OVER TIME, RESISTANCE IN THE ELECTRICAL CONTACTS MAY CAUSE ONE OR MORE REAR LAMP FUNCTIONS (TAIL LIGHT, BRAKE LIGHT, AND/OR TURN-SIGNAL), WITHIN THE VEHICLE’S BODY PANEL, TO STOP WORKING.

Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
BMW / 325I

2002-2005
BMW / 325XI

2002-2005
BMW / 330I

2002-2005
BMW / 330XI

2002-2005

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Mfr’s Report Date: AUG 25, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V438000
NHTSA Action Number: 2 Investigations found (View)

Component:
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS

Potential Number of Units Affected:
241,000

Consequence:
INTERMITTENT LIGHT OPERATION REDUCES THE ABILITY TO WARN OTHER MOTORISTS OF THE DRIVER’S INTENTIONS. THIS COULD CAUSE A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
BMW / 325I

2002-2005
BMW / 325XI

2002-2005
BMW / 330I

2002-2005
BMW / 330XI

2002-2005

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Mfr’s Report Date: AUG 25, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V438000
NHTSA Action Number: 2 Investigations found (View)

Component:
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS

Potential Number of Units Affected:
241,000

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2002-2005 325I, 325XI, 330I, AND 330XI VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2001, THROUGH MARCH 1, 2005. OVER TIME, RESISTANCE IN THE ELECTRICAL CONTACTS MAY CAUSE ONE OR MORE REAR LAMP FUNCTIONS (TAIL LIGHT, BRAKE LIGHT, AND/OR TURN-SIGNAL), WITHIN THE VEHICLE’S BODY PANEL, TO STOP WORKING.

Consequence:
INTERMITTENT LIGHT OPERATION REDUCES THE ABILITY TO WARN OTHER MOTORISTS OF THE DRIVER’S INTENTIONS. THIS COULD CAUSE A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

 

BMW Recalls 150,000 Vehicles Over Fuel Pumps

Posted October 27, 2010 by in News | No comments yet

WASHINGTON — German automaker BMW AG issued recalls involving about 150,000 luxury vehicles on Tuesday to fix faulty fuel pumps that could cause vehicles to lose power.

BMW said it notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it would recall 130,000 vehicles from the 2007-2010 model years over emissions. The recall covers the 2007-2010 335i; 2008-2010 135i, 535i and X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes; and 2009-2010 Z4 Roadster sDrive35i.

All the vehicles have twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engines featuring BMW’s direct fuel injection system. BMW said the high-pressure fuel pump could fail on the vehicles and owners could experience long-crank engine starting times or reduced engine performance.

BMW said the company will replace the high-pressure fuel pump and update software, if necessary. BMW spokesman Tom Plucinsky said 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles had already received replacement fuel pumps from previous emissions recalls. He estimated that 40,000 vehicles would need a new fuel pump.

Separately, BMW recalled 20,800 2008 X5 Sports Activity Vehicles with inline six-cylinder engines to replace the low-pressure fuel pump. The automaker said if the fuel pump failed, the engine would stop running and the driver would lose power assist for steering and brakes. BMW said the steering and brakes would still work under those circumstances.

BMW said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries connected to the recalls.

An ABC News investigation raised questions about the fuel pumps on Tuesday, and BMW expedited its recall because of the report.

The government’s auto safety agency opened an investigation in April 2008 into possible fuel pump failures on 2007 BMW 335i sedans. Owners complained that it took longer than usual to start the engine or cited “rough engine running.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation in August 2008, citing 19 complaints and 8 reports of the fuel pump failure causing the vehicle to operate in “limp mode.” The auto safety agency said only a small percentage of warranty claims or complaints indicated engine stall.

BMW told dealers in the spring of 2008 to check the fuel pumps for owners who complained about the problem and replace the pumps if necessary.

NHTSA said in August 2008 that the closing of the investigation “does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.” It said it would continue to monitor future complaints.

BMW said owners would be notified of the recalls in the coming weeks and dealers would fix the vehicles.

BMW BRAKING SYSTEM RECALL

Posted October 3, 2010 by in News | No comments yet

Do you own a BMW product? Does that BMW product have a V8 or V12 engine under the hood? If you answered yes to both questions, listen up – BMW of North America has announced that they are getting ready to recall about 198,000 cars because their power braking systems have the potential to develop a leak.

The affected cars include:

* 2002-08 BMW 745i/Li, 750i/Li, and 760i/Li
* 2007-08 BMW Alpina B7
* 2004-10 BMW 645i and 650i
* 2004-10 BMW 545i and 550i

Though the leak can cause a reduction in braking power, BMW says the vehicles can still be brought to a halt safely. No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this issue. Official press release available after the jump.

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