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BMW’s Move Takes Takata Airbag Recall National

Maker expands recall to include 140,000 vehicles across US.

by on Dec.23, 2014

BMW recalled an additional 140,000 3-Series vehicles due to a potential airbag problem.

Despite Takata’s protests, the recall of vehicles with its potentially deadly airbags is now a national action as BMW expanded its recall from regional to national status. The German maker was the last of five automakers receiving pressure from federal regulators.

BMW agreed on Monday to expand its recall of vehicles with possible defective driver-side air bags by 140,000 3 Series cars from model years 2004-06. The automaker already had recalled about 11,700 cars with driver-side Takata air bags in high-humidity states.

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Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been pressuring Takata and five automakers – Mazda, Honda, Ford, Chrysler and BMW – to expand the scope of the recall for several weeks. Toyota and Honda acted quickly, but Ford, Chrysler and BMW were resistant suggesting they were unsure the move was prudent. (more…)

BMW Expands 3-Series Recall for Airbag Problem

Maker bringing back 574,000 cars sold in the U.S. to replace front passenger bags.

by on Jul.16, 2014

BMW is recalling 574,000 3-Series vehicles in the U.S. produced between 1999 and 2006 due to a potential airbag problem.

BMW is extending a recall of its 3-Series vehicles to replace the passenger-side front airbag in 1.6 million cars produced between 1999 and 2006, 574,000 of them sold in the U.S..

This action puts the grand total of vehicles recalled in the U.S. at more than 40 million vehicles through mid-July, further separating this year from the previous record high of 33.01 million 2004. But it also adds to a growing list of problems involving faulty airbags, including a series of recalls linked to defective systems supplied by Japan’s Takata that has become one of the five biggest safety-related issues in automotive history.

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The recall is due to “potential problems with the airbag inflator which may rupture in vehicles produced by other manufacturers using similar systems from the same supplier have become evident in rare cases,” the company said. (more…)

BMW, Mercedes Recall More than 400K Cars

German makers deal with stalling, tail light problems.

by on Apr.29, 2014

The 2012 BMW 3-Series is one of the many models targeted by the latest recall.

The list of recalls continues to lengthen as two German automakers – BMW and Mercedes-Benz – issued recalls for separate problems on more than 400,000 vehicles.

BMW is recalling 156,000 cars due to issues with aluminum bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment unit can loosen over time and may break and could cause stalling.

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The action covers the 2010-12 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo and X3, X5, X6 and Z4 along with the 2011-2012 5 Series and 2012 6 Series vehicles. Additionally, BMW is extending the warranties for another 170,000 inline six-cylinder 2010-12 vehicles, which are not covered in the recall, to address similar problems if they arise. The vehicles were built between September 2009 and February 2012. (more…)

What’s Behind the Recall Frenzy?

by on Apr.11, 2014

BMW today increased its recall count for an engine bolt problem to nearly 500,000 vehicles.

Are the cars on our highways getting more dangerous?  That might be a logical assumption considering the rapid rise in recalls over the last five years.  In 2013, a total of 22 million vehicles were involved in recalls in the U.S. alone, up about 20% from the previous year, according to federal data, and the pace is only accelerating.

Since the beginning of the year, General Motors alone has issued recall notices for approximately 6.3 million vehicles – about 40% of those due to faulty ignition switches linked to at least 31 crashes and 13 fatalities.  On Wednesday, Toyota announced it was recalling 6.4 million of its own vehicles – 6.7 million if you include products it also assembled for other manufacturers.

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While not all of those Toyota products were sold in the States, preliminary data suggest about 11 million cars, trucks and crossovers have been covered by U.S. recalls during just the first 14 weeks of this year, roughly half as many as during all of 2013. And over the past year, it was hard to find a single maker not on the list, large or small, from mainstream brands like Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen, to that most exclusive of marques, Rolls-Royce.

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BMW Joins Recall Rush

Assortment of popular models targeted.

by on Apr.11, 2014

The 2012 BMW 3-Series is one of the many models targeted by the latest recall.

BMW has become the latest maker to announce a major safety recall, targeting an array of its more popular models due to an issue that underscores why there have been so many large-scale recalls in recent years.

A total of 156,137 luxury cars and so-called Sport Activity Vehicles – BMW’s term for an SUV – are targeted, and the maker blames defective bolts that can cause engine stalling or damage.

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Among the models included in the recall are the BMW 3-Series and X5, two of the maker’s most popular product lines.  Also targeted are the 1-Series, 5-Series and 5-Series Gran Turismo, X3, X6 and Z4 sports car, all sold during the 2010 to 2012 model-years. Also covered is the 2012 6-Series model.  All are equipped with BMW’s inline six-cylinder engine.

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BMW Recalling 176,000 Luxury Models

Power Brake System Can Fail

by on Oct.01, 2013

The BMW Z4 is one of a wide range of roadsters, crossovers and sedans covered by the recall.

BMW will recall a wide range of its luxury models due to a potential problem that could cause the vehicles’ power brakes to fail.

It’s the upscale German maker’s second recall in less than two weeks and follows a service action covering taillight problems on older 5-Series vehicles.

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The new recall covers a total of 176,000 vehicles and, according to BMW is due to a rare problem in which the oil supply to a small part can be disrupted.  If that happens, it would result in the loss of power braking assist.  However, the maker says the driver should still be able to bring the vehicle to a stop by using harder pressure on the brake pedal.

The recall covers 76,200 vehicles sold in the U.S., and involves a wide range of BMW products including: (more…)

BMW Recalling Over 134,000 Luxury Sedans

Taillight problem can lead to crash, says NHTSA.

by on Sep.20, 2013

BMW's 5-Series is the target of the Bavarian maker's latest safety recall.

BMW will recall more than 134,000 of its mid-range 5-Series models because their rear lights can fail – a problem federal safety regulators warn could lead to a collision.

It’s the latest in a series of high-volume recalls by the low-volume maker, following a service action earlier this year impacting more than 500,000 vehicles.

The new recall impacts a range of 5-Series model sold during the 2008 through 2010 model-years, including the 528i, 535i, 550i and M5.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, corrosion on electrical connections can lead the taillights, backup lights and rear turn signal lamps on these vehicles to short out, potentially leading to a crash.

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BMW Announces Second Recall in a Week

Over 600,000 vehicles impacted.

by on Feb.18, 2013

BMW's X5 is one of four different models recalled in recent days due to a series of safety-related problems.

It hasn’t been a good week for BMW – or its customers.

Just days after recalling more than 30,000 of its big X5 crossovers for potential brake problems, the Bavarian maker has announced a second safety-related service action, this time because a battery cable connector can fail and cause engines to stall.

The latest problem impacts about 570,000 vehicles sold in North America, 504,000 in the U.S. and the rest in Canada.  It covers various 3-Series models sold during the 2007 through 2011 model-years, as well as 2008 through 2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles and 2009 through 2011 Z4 roadsters.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a fuse box terminal can degrade over time, breaking the electrical connection with the trunk-mounted battery. If that happens the cars may suddenly lose power and stall.  BMW itself reports one minor crash resulting from the problem.

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Rolls Recall Provides A Scare for Ghost Owners.

Problem also snags BMW models.

by on Apr.17, 2012

The rich also face recalls. A new one impacting the $248,000 Rolls-Royce Ghost.

“You know, the rich are different from you or me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald reportedly explained to Ernest Hemmingway once.

Likely true on most counts but, it seems, rich and poor alike share a common problem when it comes to automotive recalls. And that includes Rolls-Royce, which has been snagged by a circuit board problem that could lead to fires in its Ghost model.

The problem also appears to be impacting some products produced by BMW, the German automaker that owns Rolls.

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The issue centers around the system used to control the auxiliary water pump for the 2011 version of the turbocharged Ghost sedan, according to a statement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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BMW Recalling 1.3 Million Vehicles

Global recall triggered by possible electrical problem.

by on Mar.27, 2012

BMW is recalling 1.3 million 5- and 6-Series models due to a potential electrical problem.

Even the most minor problems can trigger a major recall, as BMW has discovered.

The maker says it will have to make repairs to as many as 1.3 million vehicles in a worldwide recall of 5- and 6-Series models.  The problem centers around an improperly installed battery cable cover that could lead to a short circuit or even a vehicle fire.

“In some remote cases, the battery cable cover inside the boot of these vehicles may be incorrectly mounted,” said a statement from BMW, which uses the popular European term for trunk.

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In the U.S., the recall will impact 368,000 vehicles produced between 2003 and 2010, BMW noted.  Dealers will be asked to inspect the vehicles to see if they need repairs.  The maker said that only about 1% of the 5- and 6-Series models it has inspected so far exhibit the problem.

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