2018 BMW M5: Recall Alert

2018 BMW M5: Recall Alert

Sean Reyes2018 BMW M5: Recall Alert

Model year 2018 BMW 540d xDrives recalled

Model year 2018 BMW 540d xDrives recalled

BMW of North America is recalling 12 model year 2018 BMW 540d xDrives.

The crankshaft sensor may be equipped with incorrect firmware, preventing the sensor from properly processing input from the crankshaft reluctor ring, possibly resulting in a vehicle stall.

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BMW Recalls 96,300 Diesel Cars in Germany for Faulty Engine

 

Frankfurt, Germany – Aug. 9, 2018 – More than 320,000 BMW vehicles are being recalled over a faulty component aimed at reducing emissions, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. About one-third of these cars are being sold in Germany. This comes after a wave of 100,000 recalls in South Korea earlier this year after 30 vehicles caught fire with similar problems.

The Defect
Diesel engines found in certain BMW models are at risk of catching fire due to ineffective parts. According to BMW, this is found in the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler from vehicles manufactured worldwide. The EGR is generating excess sediment while running, causing buildup and the potential risk for ignition.

This EGR is in the BMW 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X3, X4, X5 and X6 that have certain 4- or 6-cylinder diesel engine produced between 2012 and 2016. These models are specific to the European market.

Timeline of Events
On August 3, 13 BMW owners in South Korea filed a class action lawsuit against the automaker. The suit stated that they were scared to drive their vehicles for fear they’d catch on fire.

This week, South Korea had tens of thousands of cars recalled after BMW worldwide alerted manufacturers and dealerships to the default EGR.

In total, 323,700 cars total have been officially recalled due to this problem. Of these, 96,300 total are in Germany. The rest of the diesel cars are found throughout Europe.

“The root cause is hardware issues. This has nothing to do with software issues,” said Johann Ebenbichler, BMW’s vice president, who went on to state that fires happen while the vehicle is being driven only. “I’d like to make it clear. This cannot happen when a vehicle is parked.”

These parts are found in BMW diesel cars and sedans worldwide, although recalls have only been thus reported in South Korea and Germany.

The Solution
In Korea, criminal charges have been filed against BMW for the recall. As of now, no further action has been taken in Germany or the rest of Europe in the court of law.

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2018-2019 BMW X3, X4: Recall Alert

2018-2019 BMW X3, X4: Recall Alert

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BMW recalls vehicles with defective control arms

 

Westwood, N.J. – July 26, 2018 – BMW of North America has recalled more than three dozen vehicles potentially equipped with defective front lower control arms, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models produced between June 9 and June 11, 2018, including:

  • 2018 BMW X-5 xDrive35i and xDrive50i sport utility vehicles.
  • 2018 BMW X-5 xDrive35d sport utility vehicles.
  • 2018 BMW X-6 sDrive35i sport utility vehicles.

The German automaker suspects just 3 percent of the models involved in the recall contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected vehicles could contain front lower control arms with insufficiently hardened pivot bolts prone to breakage. In the event that these components fail, the control arm may cease operation, leading to a sudden and sharp decline in vehicle handling functionality. The defect therefore poses a serious safety hazard to occupants. However, BMW has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic parts to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

On June 15, 2018, THK Rhythm Automotive Canada, the supplier of the control arms used in the recalled vehicles, contacted BMW and revealed that numerous units may not have been hardened properly due to a production error. Following this communication, the vendor conducted a review to see how many of the defective control arms were shipped to the vehicle manufacturer. After receiving this data, BMW evaluated its production records and pinpointed the vehicles that could have been equipped with the problematic control arms.

On June 21, 2018, the automaker launched a voluntary safety recall to address the issue. The company informed dealers of the forthcoming action June 28, 2018.

The Solution

BMW has directed dealers to replace the front lower control arms in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Owners should expect to receive further details about the recall via first-class mail Aug. 20, 2018. Those in need of assistance prior to the start of the campaign can speak with BMW customer service personnel by calling (800) 525-7417. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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BMW recalls vehicles with defective steering wheels

 

Westwood, N.J. – July 3, 2018 – BMW of North America has recalled more than 50 vehicles potentially equipped with defective steering wheels, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The campaign affects 2018-2019 BMW X-3 xDrive30i, sDrive30i and M40i sport utility vehicles produced between April 26, 2018, and May 2, 2018. The German automaker suspects one-quarter of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected models feature steering wheels with defective Active Lane Keeping Assistant sensors. In the event that these sensors fail, drivers may not be alerted when the steering wheel is unattended, increasing the likelihood of a collision. However, BMW has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic parts to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

On April 30, 2018, BMW’s steering wheel supplier reported that some previously installed assemblies may not have Active Lane Keeping Assistant functionality. Specifically, the sensors installed in the wheels were deemed incompatible with this advanced feature. The car company immediately initiated an engineering, during which time technicians performed field tests and confirmed the suppliers’ suspicions.

Following these findings, BMW reviewed its production records and cross-checked them with data from the parts vendor to determine the breadth of the issue. Then, on May 30, 2018, quality assurance personnel reviewed the matter and called for a voluntary safety recall.

BMW notified dealers of the forthcoming action June 6, 2018.

The Solution

The automaker has directed dealers to inspect and, if necessary, replace the steering wheels in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. BMW intends to notify owners via first-class mail July 23, 2018. Those in need of assistance prior to the start of the recall campaign can speak with BMW customer service by calling (800) 525-7417. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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