Massive BMW Motorcycle Recall

A massive BMW motorcycle recall involving more than 50,000 motorcycles built over a span of nearly a decade includes 18 different model types having a potential leak in the fuel pump. This recall was issued after a recall in Canada was announced affecting nearly 6,000 motorcycles.

BMW reportedly told NHTSA that “ductile cracks may develop in the plastic flange. Excessive loads can be generated during improper removal and insertion of the quick connector, or by removing the fuel tank prior to disconnecting the fuel line. Further damage can be caused by corrosive material/fluids. Over time, this could affect the seal between the flange and the flange housing. Eventually, a small fuel leak could occur during engine operation. After the engine is shut off, the fuel leak stops.”  In layman’s terms, this means that the fuel pump flange as well as an auxiliary fuel pump flange can develop cracks and leak fuel, near an ignition source this could result in a fire.

The following models are included in the BMW motorcycle recall:

2005-2011                  R-Model Motorcycles

2005-2012                  K-Model Motorcycles

2010-2011                  S1000 RR Motorcycles

2060-2010                  HP2 Motorcycles

BMW will be instructing their dealers to either replace the fuel pump flange or replace the fuel pump based on the exact model and specifications.  Consumers owning bikes included in the BMW motorcycle recall will be getting notifications from BMW in February, but can contact their local dealer or BMW prior to the letter to see if their motorcycle is included in the recall.  All motorcycles will be repaired free of charge.

Further information can be found on the National Highway Traffic & Safety Association website and the NHTSA campaign number for the BMW motorcycle recall is 13V617000.