BMW has recalled over 154,000 cars and SUVs it says are affected from a wiring issue that could cause engines to stall or cause a fuel leak. The recall has been issued for cars and SUVs sold in U.S. and Canada.
According to information released by BMW, the wiring to fuel pumps inside the gas tank may not have been properly crimped and this could cause the wires to come loose and melt connector thereby causing a gas leak. This could stop the fuel pump from working and make engines stall. Additionally, the fuel pump may stop working, possibly causing an engine stall and increase the risk of a crash. The recall only affects those vehicles that have in-tank fuel pumps that may have insufficiently crimped wire contacts.
The recall is expected to begin on December 5 and owners will be required to take their cars to their dealers where the fuel pump module will be replaced at no cost to owners.
While the issue a serious one, no injuries or crashes have been reported till date because of this issue. The company recalled vehicles in China, Japan and South Korea previously for the same wiring issue.
The models affected by the recall are certain model year:
- 2007-2011 BMW X5 3.0si, X5 4.8i, X5 M, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i and X5 xDrive50i,
- 2008-2011 X6 x Drive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M,
- 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid, 535i xDrive Gran Turismo, 535i Gran Turismo, 550i xDrive Gran Turismo and 550i Gran Turismo,
- 2011-2012 528i, 535i, 535i xDrive, 550i and 550i xDrive
- 2012 535i ActiveHybrid, 640i Convertible, 650i Convertible, 650i xDrive Convertible, 650i Coupe and 650i Coupe xDrive vehicles.