BMW recalls 136,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix stalling & fuel leaks

October 28, 2016

BMW is recalling a wide range of cars and crossovers from 2007 to 2012 to address a problem with their fuel systems, which could cause vehicles to leak fuel and stall.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 136,188 vehicles registered in the U.S. are affected by the recall, including (apologies in advance for the alphabet soup):

  • 2007-2011 BMW X5 3.0si
  • 2007-2011 BMW X5 4.8i
  • 2007-2011 BMW X5 M
  • 2007-2011 BMW X5 xDrive30i
  • 2007-2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2011 BMW X5 xDrive48i
  • 2007-2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i
  • 2008-2011 BMW X6 x Drive35i
  • 2008-2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i
  • 2008-2011 BMW X6 M
  • 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid
  • 2010-2011 BMW 535i xDrive Gran Turismo
  • 2010-2011 BMW 535i Gran Turismo
  • 2010-2011 BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo
  • 2010-2011 BMW 550i Gran Turismo
  • 2011-2012 BMW 528i
  • 2011-2012 BMW 535i
  • 2011-2012 BMW 535i xDrive
  • 2011-2012 BMW 550i
  • 2011-2012 BMW 550i xDrive
  • 2012 BMW 535i ActiveHybrid
  • 2012 BMW 640i Convertible
  • 2012 BMW 650i Convertible
  • 2012 BMW 650i xDrive Convertible
  • 2012 BMW 650i Coupe
  • 2012 BMW 650i Coupe xDrive. 

Those vehicles are equipped with an in-tank fuel pump manufactured by German supplier TI Automotive Technologie Center. Unfortunately, the wiring in that pump may not have been properly crimped, and as a result, electrical resistance can build up. That, in turn, can cause portions of the pump to overheat and melt.

If that happens, fuel can leak from the pump. Over time, the pump may stop working altogether, preventing owners from starting their vehicles or causing them to stall in traffic.

BMW has received numerous warranty claims related to this problem, and the company has already begun addressing the issue in Chinese and South Korean vehicles. Thankfully, BMW knows of no accidents or injuries linked to the flaw. 

BMW will mail recall notices to U.S. owners of affected vehicles by December 5. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to BMW dealerships for service. Dealers will replace the fuel pump module, which contains the in-tank fuel pump, free of charge.

If you own one of the cars or crossovers listed above and have further questions, you're encouraged to call BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V746000.

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