BMW Recalls 2005-2012 Motorcycles Over Fuel Pump Leaks

BMW Recalls 2005-2012 Motorcycles Over Fuel Pump Leaks

BMW Motorrad USA has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of its intent to recall more than 50,000 motorcycles because they may develop cracks in the fuel pump mounting flange causing a fuel leak. This follows an investigation started by NHTSA in November 2012 concerning fuel leaks on 2005-2008 R-series motorcycles.

BMW R1200GS

This 2010 BMW R1200GS is one of the models being recalled.

The recall involves the following models:

  • 2005-2011 R1200GS
  • 2006-2001 R1200GS Adventure
  • 2006 HP2 Enduro
  • 2008-2009 HP2 Megamoto
  • 2005-2001 R1200RT
  • 2007-2007 R1200R
  • 2005-2007 R1200ST
  • 2007 R1200S
  • 2008-2010 HP2 Sport
  • 2005-2008 K1200S
  • 2009-2011 K1300S
  • 2006-2008 K1200R
  • 2007 K1200R Sport
  • 2006-2008 K1200GT
  • 2009-2011 K1300GT
  • 2010-2011 S1000RR
  • 2012 K1600GT
  • 2012 K1600GTL

Sam Campbell, BMW of North America’s Department Head of Safety Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems, states, “This recall involves the fuel pump, and also the auxiliary fuel pump on applicable models. Due to excessive loads on the fuel pump flange in the area of the quick connector during motorcycle servicing, 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.”

BMW goes on to state they do not believe the problem causes an “unreasonable risk” to safety but is conducting the recall in a good faith effort to cooperate and resolve the issue with the NTHSA. BMW has not received any reports of accidents, injuries or fires related to this issue.

BMW will notify customers of the recall from February through April. BMW will be inspecting the fuel pumps and installing a reinforcing ring if there are no leaks present and, at most, only minor cracks are found. If there are significant cracks and/or leaks a new fuel pump will be installed.

The complete letter to the NTHSA which includes a breakdown of the number of each model involved in the recall can be found at this link: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM447639/RCDNN-13V617-4608P.pdf

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