BMW Recalls 150,800 Vehicles

BMW North America has announced that it will be recalling 150,800 BMW vehicles in two separate recalls.

The larger of the two recalls pertains to certain twin-turbo inline six-cylinder BMW’s created between 2007 and 2010.  According to BMW, there is a potential problem regarding the high-pressure fuel pump, which may lead to emissions problems.  They have approached both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board for approval of this recall.  This recall affects approximately 130,000 vehicles, of which 40,000 will probably require a new high-pressure fuel pump.  Affected models include:

—335i units from model years 2007-2010.

—135i, 535i and X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes. These are all from the 2008 through 2010 model years.

—Z4 Roadster sDrive35i from model-years 2009 and 2010.

According to officials, “Symptoms include long-crank engine starting times along with the illumination of the ‘Service Engine Soon’ light.  In certain cases, the driver may experience reduced engine performance in a Safe Mode accompanied by a tone and the illumination of the ‘Engine Malfunction’ light.”

According to recent automotive news, the second, smaller recall is scheduled to recall 20,800 X5 Sports Activity models with inline six-cylinder engines and involves the low-pressure fuel pump.

Of the second recall, officials said, “In this case, should the fuel pump experience a failure, the engine will stop running and the driver will lose power assist for the steering and brakes although both the steering and the brakes remain operational.”

BMW will contact the owners of affected vehicles through First Class Mail, and all repairs at BMW dealers will be free of charge.