The company already issued campaigns to fix the problem in China, Japan, and South Korea.
BMW will recall 136,188 vehicles in the Unites States for a potential problem with the fuel pump. There are also 18,284 units in Canada, according to Automotive News. The affected models are:
- 2010-2011 5-Series Gran Turismo
- 2011-2012 528I
- 2011-2012 535I
- 2011-2012 550I
- 2012 640I
- 2012 650I
- 2007-2011 X5
- 2008-2011 X6
- 2010-2011 X6 ACTIVEHYBRID
The in-tank fuel pumps on these vehicles have insufficiently crimped wire contacts. This causes an increase in contact resistance and extra heat. Over time, the plastic around the contact pins can melt, and this can allow fuel to leak. If the pump isn’t working, then the engine could stall. If this problem occurs, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp should illuminate, and some customers report smelling gasoline in the cabin.
BMW first became aware of this problem in June 2011 from customer complaints of a fuel odor inside the vehicle. The company determined that if the problem occurred then it would illuminate the Malfunction Indicator Lamp, and this was enough to alert people of the issue. The company continued to receive warranty claims, and the German automaker decided in 2014 to extend coverage on the part to 10 years in the United States. In 2014, BMW also recalled vehicles for this issue in China. There was a similar replacement campaign in Japan in 2015 and in South Korea in 2016.
There have been no reports of accidents or injuries from this problem. However, some people experienced their vehicle stalling.
BMW will begin the recall in the U.S on December 5. As a fix, dealers will replace the fuel pump module on the affected vehicles, and the repair will take several hours, according to the company.
The company's last big recall in the U.S was in June when BMW repaired over 210,000 crossovers for a problem with the attachment points for child safety seats. At the same time, the company also needed to mend almost 21,500 CUVs for driveshaft failures.