In-Tank Fuel Pump Safety Recall for Model Year 2008-2012 BMW 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo, 6 Series, X5 SAV, X6 SAC
BMW is conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall involving certain Model Year 2007 - 2012 vehicles. This involves the fuel delivery module which contains the in-tank fuel pump. Over time, the electrical connectors may become damaged. Approximately 136,188 vehicles are affected by this recall.
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Reports so far indicate the plastic around the fuel pump electrical wires and connectors at the top of the pump are melting. There is so little oxygen inside the tank that it cannot just light on fire and explode like one would think. As the leak location is at the top of the tank fuel leaking is highly unlikely while driving, most likely you'll get a gas smell while refueling. Additionally if the wire insulation melts the fuel pump can short out and stop working. We're being told this is not a new issue and dealerships have been replacing these pumps for some time due to the pins overheating and causing contact issues.
BMW is sending out recall notices in December. BMW owners may check to see if their specific car is under recall at any time by visiting http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/content/owner/safetyrecalls.aspx and entering their vehicle identification number (VIN). There is need or reason to contact your service department right now as BMW does not have repair instructions, parts or warranty information at this time. Updates will be added to the thread as they becoming available.
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BMW Fuel Pump Recall Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Which BMW models in the US are potentially affected by this Safety Recall?
Approximately 136,188 BMW models in the US, as noted below, are potentially affected.
Q2. What is the specific issue?
This safety recall involves the in-tank fuel pump. Over time, the fuel pump connector may become damaged.
Q3. What can happen as a result of this issue?
If the fuel pump connector becomes damaged, a fuel odor may be noticed. This could also lead to a fuel leak during refueling, or when cornering while driving. The fuel pump could also stop working and lead to a no start or stalling condition in the vehicle.
Q4. How did BMW become aware of this issue?
BMW became aware of this issue through its quality control procedures.
Q5. Why are other BMW vehicles not included in this Safety Recall?
Other vehicles have a different fuel pump.
Q6. Can I determine if this issue exists in my vehicle?
If you notice a fuel odor or a fuel leak after recently refueling, your vehicle may be experiencing this issue. Additionally, if your vehicle does not start, or stalls while driving, your vehicle may be experiencing this issue. If this occurs, have the vehicle brought to the nearest authorized BMW center.
Q7. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?
Yes. However, when you receive a letter asking you to have this service performed by an authorized BMW center, please do so as soon as possible. If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this important information.
Q8. How will my vehicle be repaired?
The fuel pump will be replaced.
Q9. Is BMW aware of any accidents or injuries involving these BMW vehicles associated with this Safety Recall?
Q10. How will I be informed of this Safety Recall?
If your vehicle is affected, you will receive a letter in December via First Class mail advising you of this recall. You will receive another letter when parts become available. At such time, you should immediately schedule an appointment with an authorized BMW center for service and repair. Locate your preferred BMW center at www.bmwusa.com/dealer.
To ensure BMW of North America, LLC has your most recent contact and vehicle information, please register your vehicle at http://www.bmwusa.com/myBMW. Registration is free, and will give you access to factory initiated campaigns and other information specific to your BMW vehicle.
Q11. How long will the repair take?
This repair may take several hours; however, additional time may be required depending upon your BMW center's schedule. The repair will be performed free of charge by your authorized BMW center.
Q12. Do I have to wait for my letter in order to have my vehicle serviced?
Yes. BMW is in the process of implementing this program to ensure that the necessary parts, tools and procedures are available at its authorized BMW centers, prior to contacting you to schedule your vehicle to have this safety recall performed. For the latest updates to this recall, please visit www.bmwusa.com/recall.
Q13. I see the "TREAD Act Customer Reimbursement Plan" attached to my letter. Can you explain what that is about? Am I eligible for reimbursement?
If you have already had this repair performed at your own expense, you may be eligible for reimbursement of certain expenses that you incurred.