The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notified the public that BMW will be issuing recalls on 136,188 vehicles in the United States and another 18,284 in Canada due to possibility improperly crimped wires. The wires in question, for the fuel pump and a loose connection, could create enough heat to melt the connector and result in the vehicle leaking gas.
While there isn’t nearly enough oxygen in your fuel tank to turn your Beemer into a ticking time bomb, a wonky fuel pump is certainly worth getting fixed. NHTSA warns the fuel pump may offer limited functionality or could stop working entirely, causing an engine stall and increased risk of a crash. It also isn’t a good idea to perpetually starve your engine of fuel if you are hoping to keep it living long and healthy.
Affected models include: 2012 650i, 2012 640i, 2011-2012 550i, 2011-2012 535i, 2011-2012 528i, 2010-2011 5-Series Gran Turismo, 2010-2011 X6, and 2007-2011 X5. Hybrid models are also included.
There have been no reports of injury, death, or Michael Bay-style explosions resulting from the problem at this time.
BMW’s recall will officially begin on December 5th, so keep an eye on your mailbox and check engine light if you own any of the vehicles listed above. It might also be worth giving your interior a sniff once in a while to see if you notice the faint aroma of gasoline.
Concerned owners can call BMW Customer Service or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline for more information.
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