BMW recalls SUVs with incorrect tire data

 

Westwood, N.J. – June 5, 2017 – BMW of North America has recalled a number of sport utility vehicles with incorrect tire information placards. The campaign affects X5 and X6 models produced between April 1 and April 18, 2017, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Approximately 100 percent of the vehicles are expected to include the defective parts.

The Defect
Models named in the recall campaign feature 21-inch tires with information placards that do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, specifically section 110, which stipulates that vehicle manufacturers include air load distribution and other essential data on these fixtures. While the information placards installed affixed to the tires on affected models contain all of the required data, they do not comport with size requirements established in the FMVSS.

Timeline of Events
BMW engineers discovered the defect while conducting a quality check at an American assembly plant May 2, 2017. The tire labels looked unfit upon initial inspection but engineers ordered more exhaustive tests to confirm. Further trials showed that the information placards did not fit the 21-inch tires upon which they were installed and could possibly be in violation of FMVSS section 110. BMW conducted additional tests and reviewed internal records to comprehend the full extent of the defect. Personnel ascertained exact production dates for affected vehicles.

On May 11, QA personnel confirmed that the information placards did not comply with FMVSS section 110. BMW launched an official recall campaign soon after, notifying dealers May 18. As of the recall start date, no wrecks or driver injuries have been connected to the defect.

The Solution
BMW has pledged to replace the tire information placards on affected models, free of charge. The automaker has also ordered dealers to halt all transactions involving new or used vehicles named in the recall until these models have been fixed. Dealers who fail to amend the information placards on models up for sale are liable under federal law and therefore vulnerable to civil penalties under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Owners should expect to receive notification July 10. Those in need of immediate assistance are encouraged to contact BMW customer service or the NHTSA via the vehicle safety hotline (888) 327-4236.

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BMW Recalls Sports Car Recall Due to Defective Air Bags

Westwood, N.J. – Mar. 30, 2017 – BMW of North America has recalled almost 300 vehicles equipped with defective air bag module igniters that were the subject of a previous campaign. The new recall impacts BMW 4 Series and Rolls-Royce Dawn convertibles produced between September and November 2016, according to documentation from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The Defect

Affected vehicles include air bag module igniters with mix ratios that do not meet internal standards. In some cases, these fixtures may not deploy properly, leaving drivers and passengers unprotected in the event of a crash. As yet, no injuries have been connected to the defect.

Timeline of Events

On Dec. 6, 2016, OEM parts provider NCS Pyrotechnie et Technologies SAS notified BMW that its air bag module igniters were improperly mixed. The German automaker investigated the issue and discovered that the faulty igniters had been installed in more than a dozen models. BMW officials launched a voluntary safety recall Dec. 8, according to the NHTSA. More than one month later, engineers found the faulty igniters in 4 Series and Rolls-Royce Dawn convertibles. BMW conducted another investigation and on Feb. 16 added the two vehicles to the previous recall. Dealers were notified Feb. 24.

The Solution

BMW has ordered dealers to replace the defective air bag module igniters, free of charge. The automaker plans to send out all owner notifications by April 17. Owners are encouraged to contact BMW customer service or call the NHTSA hotline if they need immediate assistance.

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BMW Recalls SUVs With Damaged Driveshaft Joints

Recall Masters – March 29, 2017


BMW Recalls SUVs With Damaged Driveshaft Joints

BMW of North America has recalled more than 121,000 vehicles with damaged driveshaft joints, according to documentation from the National Highway Transportation Administration. The recall, which follows a related campaign initiated in May 2016, impacts a number of models produced between November 2010 and April 2013, including:

  • X5 xDrive35i, xDrive50i and M sport utility vehicles
  • X5 xDrive35d diesel sport utility vehicles
  • X6 xDrive35i, xDrive50i and M sport utility vehicles
  • X6 ActiveHybrid sport utility vehiclesThe Defect
    The contact surface between the spider and the seal for the front driveshaft joint does not comport with internal quality standards. Consequently, contaminants and dirt may enter the fixture and degrade the universal driveshaft joint to the point of breakage. This would increase the likelihood of a wreck…

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BMW Recalls SUVs With Damaged Driveshaft Joints

Westwood, N.J. – March 29, 2017 – BMW of North America has recalled more than 121,000 vehicles with damaged driveshaft joints, according to documentation from the National Highway Transportation Administration. The recall, which follows a related campaign initiated in May 2016, impacts a number of models produced between November 2010 and April 2013, including:

  • X5 xDrive35i, xDrive50i and M sport utility vehicles
  • X5 xDrive35d diesel sport utility vehicles
  • X6 xDrive35i, xDrive50i and M sport utility vehicles
  • X6 ActiveHybrid sport utility vehicles

The Defect

The contact surface between the spider and the seal for the front driveshaft joint does not comport with internal quality standards. Consequently, contaminants and dirt may enter the fixture and degrade the universal driveshaft joint to the point of breakage. This would increase the likelihood of a wreck.

Timeline of Events

In April 2014, the German automaker decided to replace the driveshafts in numerous models due to improper contact-surface specifications. Four months later, BMW met with officials the NHTSA and the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to discuss the defect, according to a report from the NHTSA. On July 29, the company reached out to affected owners and offered repairs free of charge under its extended warranty agreement.

In March 2016, customer complaints pertaining to the issue increased, forcing further investigations. On May 9, BMW issued an official voluntary recall.

The car company continued to monitor the situation as the recall progressed. Additionally, engineers evaluated driveshaft assemblies from other vehicles and compiled reviews. Over the course of November and December 2016, BMW officials reviewed the findings and found that other vehicles suffered from issues present in models involved in the 2014 quality assurance campaign. On Feb. 23, the automaker launched the latest recall. Dealers received notification March 3.

The Solution

BMW has ordered dealers to replace the front driveshafts in affected models, free of charge. It plans to notify owners April 24.

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Airbag Issues Prompt New 2017 BMW Recalls

Westwood, N.J. — March 27, 2017 — Multiple X5 models are affected in a new voluntary BMW recall for safety reasons. An acknowledgement statement recently explained that air bag inflators in these models could lead to sprayed metal shrapnel within the car, possibly harming occupants.

Though this is similar to the Takata airbag recalls, the case seems to be completely independent. Only 36 vehicles total are potentially affected by this, but the different models include the X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i and xDrive40e model.

The Defect

The Part 573 Safety Recall Report, lodged with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, explains the recall’s conditions. According to this source, the recall is only thought to account for 1 percent of this vehicle population. There are no reports of injuries currently connected to this action.

Without proper gas flow ventilation, airbags in these BMW models could accidentally propel harmful shards of metal into the vehicle’s interior, the report said. There was no known cause for this defect at the time of the report, but it did name the component manufacturer as Key Safety Systems, Inc.

Timeline of Events

  • Jan. 9, 2017: A BMW supplier tested passenger front air bag inflators for possible ruptures.
  • Feb. 8 2017: A different supplier, KSS, contacted BMW to discuss the inflator issues based on the tests.
  • March 13, 2017: After further information reached BMW, the company agreed to conduct the official recall.
  • March 21, 2017: The official Part 573 Safety Recall Report is submitted.

The Resolution

Even without a clear idea of the root cause, the manufacturer is planning to fix the affected models by replacing air bag modules with new ones. While the report did not mention exactly how the new components were changed, it did say that they were not produced at the same time as those in the original affected models.

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BMW Issues Recall Due to Takata Air Bag Defect

Westwood, N.J. – Mar. 3, 2017 – BMW is the latest car manufacturer to recall vehicles containing Takata Corporation air bag assemblies, according to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall impacts 840,000 vehicles and applies to a slew of models, including:

  • 2008-2013, 1 Series coupes
  • 2008-2013, 1 Series convertibles
  • 2007-2013, 3 Series coupes
  • 2007-2013, 3 Series convertibles
  • 2006-2011, 3 Series sedans
  • 2006-2012, 3 Series sports wagons
  • 2013-2015, X1 sports activity vehicles
  • 2007-2010, X3 sports activity vehicles
  • 2007-2013, X5 sports activity vehicles
  • 2008-2014, X6 sports activity vehicles

The Defect

The front air bag assemblies in affected models contain defective driver-side air bag inflator modules and propellant tablets. In the event of a crash, these fixtures can rupture, propelling sharp metal fragments throughout the cabin and causing serious harm to drivers and passengers. Inspectors have since connected the problem to shoddy fabrication practices in plants in Monclova, Mexico and LaGrange, Georgia. While no BMW drivers or passengers have been harmed due to Takata air bag equipment, the defective fixtures have injured and killed individuals operating vehicles from other manufacturers.

Timeline of Events

On Jan. 21, 2016, Takata announced that some vehicles in the U.S. contained faulty air bar inflators and propellant tablets. BMW reviewed the announcement and discovered that some of its models contained PSDI-5 inflators, which were indeed deemed defective by Takata engineers. This equipment had originated from the Monclova and LaGrange facilities, as well as another Takata production hub located in Freiberg, Germany. BMW reviewed its fabrication records and decided to issue a recall. The automaker notified dealers Feb. 5.

The Solution

BMW has ordered dealers to replace the front driver-side air bag assembly, free of charge. However, supplies are limited at the moment, meaning some customers may have to wait. Owners are expected to receive confirmation March 31.

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BMW Recalls Hybrid Model Over Fuel Tank Flaw

Westwood, N.J. – Feb. 22, 2017 – BMW has recalled more than 19,000 hybrid-electric models due to a serious fuel tank vent design flaw. The recall affects i3 four-door sedans with range extender engines produced between 2014 and 2017, according to a report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The Defect

BMW i3 models in this series feature closed engine compartments. Inside, one section of the fuel tank vent line makes contact with the rubber-coated B+ battery cable. In some cases, this friction causes the fuel tank vent line to abrade, leaking flammable vapor into the engine compartment and increasing the likelihood of a fire.

Timeline of Events

In November 2016, a dealer overseas reported the issue and hypothesized that the fuel tank vent line was chafing against the nearby B+ battery cable. Engineers from the German automaker conducted expansive field tests to see if the problem was common among i3 models at other dealerships. On Jan. 17, 2017, BMW personnel reviewed collected diagnostic data and determined that the issue was indeed widespread. Engineers performed further evaluations to better understand how the fuel tank vent line might degrade over time.

Soon after, BMW surveyed manufacturing records to determine which models might be affected. On Feb. 2, the automaker began the voluntary recall process. Dealers received notification Feb. 10. No vent line-related injuries have been reported.

The Solution

BMW has ordered all dealers to inspect the fuel tank vent lines in affected models and offer replacements if necessary. Additionally, all recalled i3s are to be outfitted with clips that keep fuel tank vent lines and B+ battery cables separate and prevent chaffing. Dealers will administer the repairs free of charge. The recall is scheduled to begin April 3.

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BMW Motorcycles Suffer Loose Bolts

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Jan. 31, 2017 – BMW has announced that it will recall two motorcycle models due to defects that may result in loose rear suspension bolts. If not addressed, these issues could result in worse handling while on the road.

The Defect

BMW will recall model year 2016-2017 BMW S 1000 RR motorcycles manufactured between June 8, 2016 and Nov. 16, 2016, as well as model year 2017 BMW S 1000 R motorcycles manufactured on Oct. 12, 2016. According to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it appears that one of the bolts connecting the rear suspension deflection levers could become loose during operation. Either the bolts connecting these levers to link struts – or the bolts connecting them to rear wheel swing arms – may have been tightened improperly during the manufacturing process.

Timeline of Events

  • Dec. 8, 2016 – An internal quality report from within a motorcycle assembly plant alerted BMW to the possibility that the connector bolts may not have been built properly. BMW then conducted reviews of motorcycle production records and determined the dates on which these bolts may not have been tightened according to their specifications.
  • Dec. 20, 2016 – BMW determined that the problem could result in a safety issue if left undressed. Though no accidents and injuries related to the defect have been reported, the company announced a voluntary recall.

Resolution

Owners of affected motorcycles will be notified beginning in February. Loose bolts will be replaced and tightened according to specifications. This work will be done free of charge.

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BMW Contends With Fuel Leak

Improperly crimped wiring for the fuel pumps in gas tanks found in numerous BMW models may cause small fuel leaks, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drivers may notice the smell of gasoline inside their vehicles, and might also see their check engine lights turn on. In addition, the fuel pumps could stop working, causing engines to stall and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Defect

BMW is recalling 136,188 vehicles in the U.S. and 18,284 in Canada as a result of loose wiring that could cause connectors to melt, resulting in the fuel leak. The list of affected models includes the 2007-2011 X5, the 2008-2011 X6, the 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid, the 2010-2011 5-Series Gran Turismo, the 2011-2012 528I, the 2011-2012 535I, the 2011-2012 550I, the 2012 640I and the 2012 650I.

Timeline

  • June 2011 – BMW first learned about customer complaints of a fuel odor. Further analysis found that the evaporative fuel tank leak diagnostic system could detect the issue. BMW began to alert customers.
  • September 2014 – The growing number of warranty claims related to this issue caused BMW to issue a worldwide extended warranty program, providing coverage for 10 years and unlimited mileage.
  • October 2014 – BMW conducted a part recall in China for the same issue, and submitted a Part 579 report to the NHTSA, referencing the existing warranty program.
  • February 2015 – BMW extended its recall to Japan. It amended the Part 579 report and resubmitted it to the NHTSA.
  • June 2016 – BMW performed a service action in South Korea in response to a request from the Korean government over this issue.
  • October 2016 – BMW found that the issue was still common in vehicles that had not already had their fuel delivery modules replaced. BMW conducted a voluntary recall on all vehicles that had not been repaired.

Resolution

BMW will notify all owners of the issue and offer fuel pump replacements free of charge. This will begin Dec. 5, 2016.

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