BMW of North America is recalling about 2,475 model year 2012 K1600GT and K1600GTL motorcycles produced from January 10, 2011 through March 8, 2012 due to an engine control unit defect that can cause the motorcycles to stall unexpectedly.
According to information provided in a letter by BMW of North America to the NHTSA on October 24, 2013, “a calibration threshold within the throttle valve control software has been determined to be overly sensitive. As a result, under certain operating conditions, an implausible signal may be registered within the engine control unit. If this happens, the engine control unit may initiate a ‘fail safe mode,’ (which limits engine speed to 2000 rpm). In rare cases, the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.”
BMW said it is not aware of any accidents and of only one minor injury having resulted from the issue. BMW will notify owners of affected models and dealers will update the throttle control software for free. The safety recall is expected to begin this month.
If you’re not sure whether your BMW is affected by the recall you should get in touch with BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com and mention the recall campaign number 13V526000.