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BMW 4-Series Recalls

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12/02/14 BMW of north america llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xdrive sports wagon, 2012-2014 BMW 320i sedan, 328i sedan, 320i xdrive sedan, 328i xdrive sedan, 2012-2013 BMW 528i sedan, 528i xdrive sedan, 2013-2014 BMW x1 sdrive28i, x1 xdrive28i sports activity vehicle, 2013-2014 BMW x3 xdrive28i sports activity vehicle, 2012-2014 BMW z4 sdrive28i roadster, and 2014 BMW 428i coupe, and 428i xdrive coupe. due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. note: this recall is an expansion of recall 13v-454.

A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location, free of charge. the recall began on december 2, 2014. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact 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.
01/14/16 Transmission and Drivetrain BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 m3 sedan vehicles manufactured may 30, 2015, to september 2, 2015, 2016 m4 coupe vehicles manufactured july 3, 2015, to september 11, 2015, and 2015-2016 m4 convertible vehicles manufactured may 29, 2015, to august 4, 2015. the affected vehicles have a driveshaft with a slip-joint that may not have been filled with grease. as a result, the slip-joint may fail over time.

If the slip-joint fails, there would be a loss of power to the rear axle and therefore the vehicle would stop moving, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the driveshaft, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. the recall began on january 14, 2016. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact 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.
04/10/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain 2017 430i, 430i xdrive, 440i, 440i xdrive and m4 vehicles and rolls-royce dawn vehicles. the affected vehicles have seat-mounted side air bag inflator initiators that may fail to ignite during a crash.

If the air bag inflator initiator fails to ignite, the seat-mounted air bag will not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag modules, free of charge. the recall began april 17, 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact 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.
02/10/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2017 BMW 640i, 640i xdrive, 650i, 650i xdrive, m6, 535i, 535i xdrive, 430i, 430i xdrive, 440i, 440i xdrive, m4, x1 sdrive28i, x1 xdrive28i, i3, i8, rolls-royce dawn, mini clubman cooper, clubman cooper s, cooper all4, cooper s all4, mini 4-door cooper, cooper s, mini 2-door cooper, cooper s, john cooper works and 2016 BMW 528i, 528i xdrive, 535i, 535i xdrive, 550i, 550i xdrive, m5 and 535d vehicles. the affected vehicles have seat- mounted side air bag inflator initiators that may fail to ignite during a crash.

If the air bag inflator initiator fails to ignite, the seat-mounted air bag will not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag modules, free of charge. the recall began february 6, 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact 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.
05/11/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 428i convertible, 428i xdrive convertible, 435i convertible, and 435i xdrive convertible vehicles manufactured october 22, 2014, to february 27, 2015. due to a programming error, the driver's front air bag deployment timing may be incorrect. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) no. 208, "occupant crash protection."

If the driver's front air bag deployment timing is incorrect, there is an increased risk of personal injury in the event of a vehicle crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the air bag control module with corrected software version, free of charge. the recall began may 11, 2015. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact 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.
10/13/17 Other BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 430i, 430i xdrive, 440i, 440i xdrive, and m4 convertible vehicles. the emergency locking retractors (elr) within the front seat belt assemblies may have been produced with incompatible vehicle-sensitive locking mechanism housings.

If the vehicle has an incompatible vehicle-sensitive locking mechanism, the seat belt may not restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary replace, the front seat belt assemblies, free of charge. the recall began october 13, 2017. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact 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.
11/03/16 Other BMW north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2016 BMW m2 coupe vehicles, 2015-2017 m3 sedan vehicles and 2015-2016 m4 coupe and m4 convertible vehicles. during servicing of the rear differential for a prior service action, the rear sub-frame bolts may have been reused instead of being replaced. reuse of the existing bolts may cause the bolts to loosen.

Loose rear sub-frame bolts may adversely affect vehicle handling and control, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts, free of charge. the recall began on november 3, 2016. owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact 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.

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BMW 4-Series Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.

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