BMW Recalls 18 Models in Canada for Potential Fuel Leaks

NHTSA investigation could affect 45,588 motorcycles in US

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Transport Canada has announced a recall on 18 BMW models across several model years spanning from 2005 to 2012 because of a risk of fuel leaks (the full list of models and model years is below). As of this posting, no recall has been announced for the U.S. but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) currently has an investigation open for a similar issue, potentially affecting 45,588 BMW motorcycles.

According to the Transport Canada recall notice, cracks can develop in the fuel pump and/or the auxiliary fuel pump flange. When the motorcycle is turned on and the fuel system gets pressurized, fuel may leak from the fuel pump. In the presence of an ignition source, the fuel leak may result in a fire.

NHTSA opened a Preliminary Evaluation (PE) on the fuel leak issues on Nov. 22, 2012, after collecting dozens of consumer complaints. During the PE stage NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigations collects data from the manufacturer and determines whether further action is required. In July 2013, the ODI determined to upgrade its investigation to an Engineering Analysis (EA) which conducts a more thorough look at the alleged defect. The original PE affected an estimated 24,o00 motorcycles but the EA increased the population to 45,588 motorcycles in the U.S.

The EA is still listed as an open investigation but the recall in Canada suggests the ODI has completed its investigation and recommended a recall for the U.S. market. We’ll provide an update once we hear word from NHTSA.

Meanwhile in Canada, dealers will inspect the fuel pump flanges on affected motorcycles and install a reinforcing ring and, if necessary replace the fuel pump. The Canadian recall affects 6,325 motorcycles.

The Transport Canada recall affects the following models and model years:

  • 2006 BMW HP2 Enduro
  • 2008-2009 BMW HP2 Megamoto
  • 2008-2010 BMW HP2 Sport
  • 2006-2008 BMW K1200GT
  • 2006-2008 BMW K1200R
  • 2005-2008 BMW K1200S
  • 2009-2011 BMW K1300GT
  • 2009-2011 BMW K1300R
  • 2009-2011 BMW K1300S
  • 2011-2012 BMW K1600GT
  • 2011-2012 BMW K1600GTL
  • 2005-2011 BMW R1200GS
  • 2005-2011 BMW R1200GS Adventure
  • 2007-2011 BMW R1200R
  • 2005-2011 BMW R1200RT
  • 2007 BMW R1200S
  • 2005-2007 BMW R1200ST
  • 2010-2011 BMW S1000RR

[Source: Transport Canada]

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