Following the “stop ride” notice sent to owners a few weeks ago, BMW Motorrad USA has started the official recall of the 2014 BMW R1200RT through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This includes approximately 950 R1200RTs manufactured from November 27, 2013 to May 5, 2014 which have the Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) rear shock absorber.
The recall notice states, “the piston rod within the rear shock absorber can break without warning, causing loss of stability.” BMW blames the recall on an improperly produced part by Tenneco Automotive located in Belgium.
BMW says they became aware of the situation on April 1, 2014 “through a warranty claim in France. It was noted that the piston rod of the rear shock absorber broke after approximately 700 miles, collapsing the rear suspension. The defective assembly from France was returned to the supplier for analysis. A second warranty claim occurred in Sweden on May 27, 2014 after approximately 1,500 miles.”
Further, “By May 30, 2014, slider tool drum endurance tests on production spring strut assemblies were conducted by the supplier, which replicated the failure observed in the two warranty claims.”
BMW says the recall should begin in July 2014 with dealers replacing the Dynamic ESA shock absorber, free of charge. Owners are still advised not to ride their motorcycles until they are repaired. Owners may contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov and reference NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V320000
C600 Sport and C650GT Cam Chain Tensioner Recall
BMW Motorrad USA is also recalling approximately 1,360 model year 2012-2014 C600 Sport and C650GT maxi-scooters which were manufactured from August 2, 2012 through February 18, 2014. The camshaft chain tensioner may not function properly, resulting in an engine stall.
BMW says the defected camshaft tensioner was manufactured by Kwang Yang Motor Co., LTD. of Taiwan. “A clearly audible noise from the chain drive can occur because of an improperly adjusted loose chain. If the noise is not noticed by the rider, an engine breakdown could result while riding the motorcycle. If this were to happen, the motorcycle will lose power and the engine may stall when decelerating, which could increase the risk of a crash. The engine cannot be restarted after stalling.”
Reports of audible noises at high engine speeds were reported starting in February 2013. Later stalling issues and then the inability to restart the engine were reported. BMW confirmed excessive wear on the tensioners at the end of April 2014. At that time, 42 warranty flames had been reported worldwide — mostly for excessive engine noise. No accidents or injuries have been reported.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the camshaft chain tensioner, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov and reference NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V264000.