News outlets, including The Christian Science Monitor, reported today that German auto maker, BMW, is recalling 150,000 of their luxury automobiles for a faulty fuel pump. The fuel pumps in question apparently can cause vehicles to lose power. The recall covers the 2007-2010 335i; 2008-2010 135i, 535i and X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes; and 2009-2010 Z4 Roadster sDrive35i.
BMW said it has had no reports of accidents or injuries connected to the recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) closed its investigation in August 2008, citing 19 complaints and 8 reports of the fuel pump failure causing the vehicle to operate in “limp mode.” The auto safety agency said only a small percentage of warranty claims or complaints indicated engine stall. NHTSA said in August 2008 that the closing of the investigation “does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.” It said it would continue to monitor future complaints.
BMW said owners would be notified of the recalls in the coming weeks and dealers would fix the vehicles. Owners can contact BMW Customer Relations at (800) 563-4269 or by e-mail: [email protected].
I have not read any reports of car accidents or serious injuries due to this defect but I am sure the media and the NHSTA will keep a close eye on this issue.
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