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.
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RECALL Subject : Loose Fuel Pump Wiring may cause Stall/Fuel Leak
Report Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V746000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 136,188
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
BMW 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO 2010-2011
BMW 528I 2011-2012
BMW 535I 2011-2012
BMW 550I 2011-2012
BMW 640I 2012
BMW 650I 2012
BMW X5 2007-2011
BMW X6 2008-2011
BMW X6 ACTIVEHYBRID SAC 2010-2011
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 BMW X5 3.0si, X5 4.8i, X5 M, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i and X5 xDrive50i, 2008-2011 X6 x Drive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M, 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid, 535i xDrive Gran Turismo, 535i Gran Turismo, 550i xDrive Gran Turismo and 550i Gran Turismo, 2011-2012 528i, 535i, 535i xDrive, 550i and 550i xDrive and 2012 535i ActiveHybrid, 640i Convertible, 650i Convertible, 650i xDrive Convertible, 650i Coupe and 650i Coupe xDrive vehicles. The affected vehicles have in-tank fuel pumps that may have insufficiently crimped wire contacts.
The loose wires may cause the connector to melt, resulting in a fuel leak. Additionally, the fuel pump may stop working, possibly causing an engine stall and increase the risk of a crash.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 5, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.