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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.


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.


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.


BMW Hit With $3 Mil Fine for Safety Delays

Feds say German maker dawdled on recall.

by on Feb.13, 2012

BMW delayed recalls on several models, including the 5-Series, NHTSA said.

Dawdling on safety will cost BMW $3 million.

The maker has agreed to pay that money in fines levied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which charged the German maker with failing to report safety defects and related information in a timely manner as required by federal law.  The settlement avoided any formal finding of wrongdoing.

The settlement concludes an investigation opened two years ago looking into alleged non-compliance with U.S. safety standards – which require that automakers notify the NHTSA within five days of learning about a safety defect or related problems.

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But after examining 16 separate recalls in 2010 NHTSA discovered numerous instances where BMW fell short, the agency’s Recall Management Division determining that, “BMW appears to maintain a practice, by design or habit, in which it provides little information” to the government despite the requirement.

The most serious issue involved BMW 5 and 6-Series cars from 2004-2010 and 7-Series models from 2002-2008.


BMW Recalling Nearly 250,000 Cars, Crossovers

Maker responding to taillight, diesel problems.

by on Sep.01, 2011

BMW recalls the X5 diesel.

BMW is recalling nearly a quarter-million vehicles due to a pair of potential safety problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced, making it one of the biggest safety-related recalls by the German maker.

The most significant problem involves 3-Series models built between 2001 and 2005 that could experience failures of the tail lights, rear brake and turn signal indicator lamps.  The problem appears to be due to corrosion on electrical contacts.

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Meanwhile, BMW is also recalling more than 2,000 X5 diesel models due to problems with a fuel filter heater that could cause a fire.

The faulty lamp problem impacts 241,000 3-Series vehicles sold in the 2002 to 2005 model-year.  Certain models designated 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi are involved.  The potential defect could make it difficult for other motorists to see the vehicle or determine when the vehicle is changing lanes or stopping.