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BMW 6-Series Recalls

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10/06/17 BMW of north america, llc. (BMW) is recalling certain 2012-2013 BMW x3 xdrive28i, x3 xdrive35i, and m6 convertible vehicles and 2013 m6 coupe vehicles. the affected vehicles have a driver's frontal air bag inflator that may have been improperly welded.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator housing could separate from the base plate and result in metal striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's front air bag module, free of charge. the recall began october 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.
04/30/12 BMW is recalling certain model year 2011 5-series, 5-series gran turismo, model year 2012 6-series convertible, 7-series, x5 sav, and x6 sav vehicles equipped with 8- or 12-cylinder, turbocharged, engines because the circuit board for the electric auxiliary water pump can overheat.

This could lead to a smoldering of the pump or an engine compartment or vehicle fire.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the auxiliary water pump free of charge. the safety recall began on april 30, 2012. owners may contact BMW customer relations and services at 1-800-525-7417.

This recall is an expansion of safety recall 11v521.customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
07/16/04 On certain passenger vehicles equipped with 8 and 12 cylinder engines, the digital engine management control (emc) units were not produced according to specifications.

As a result, engine stalling will occur after a short period of operation. the vehicle may not be able to restart. also, a loss of power steering and, after repeated actuation of the brake pedal, a loss of brake power assist will occur. these conditions could result in a vehicle crash.

Dealers will install a new digital engine management control unit. the recall began on july 16, 2004. owners should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers can contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
12/31/69 BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain 2011-2012 BMW 550i, 550i xdrive, 550i gran turismo, 550i gran turismo xdrive, 750i, 750li, 750i xdrive, 750li xdrive, 760li, x5 xdrive50i, x5 m, x6 xdrive50i, x6 m, activehybrid7, mini cooper s convertible, john cooper works (jcw) convertible, cooper s countryman, cooper s countryman all4, cooper s, jcw, cooper s clubman, jcw clubman, cooper s roadster, jcw roadster, cooper s coupe, jcw coupe and rolls-royce ghost, 2011 BMW x6 hybrid and 2012 BMW 650i coupe, 650i xdrive coupe, 650i convertible and 650i xdrive convertible vehicles. the electric auxiliary water pump may fail and cause the circuit board to overheat.

If the circuit board were to overheat, it can increase the risk of a fire.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the electric auxiliary water pump, free of charge. depending on the model, there are currently limited parts available, however not all parts are available at this time. owners will be notified of the recall beginning june 11, 2018, and will receive a second notification when remedy parts become available. owners may contact BMW customer service at BMW 1-800-525-7417, mini at 1-866-825-1525, or rolls-royce at 1-877-877-3735. note: BMW recommends that owners park their vehicle outdoors until the recall remedy has been performed.

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.
02/08/17 Engine BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 BMW x5 3.0si, x5 4.8i, x5 m, x5 xdrive30i, x5 xdrive35i, x5 xdrive48i and x5 xdrive50i, 2008-2011 x6 x drive35i, x6 xdrive50i and x6 m, 2010-2011 x6 activehybrid, 535i xdrive gran turismo, 535i gran turismo, 550i xdrive gran turismo and 550i gran turismo, 2011-2012 528i, 535i, 535i xdrive, 550i and 550i xdrive and 2012 535i activehybrid, 640i convertible, 650i convertible, 650i xdrive convertible, 650i coupe and 650i coupe xdrive vehicles. the affected vehicles have in-tank fuel pumps that may have insufficiently crimped wire contacts.

The loose wires may cause the connector to melt, resulting in a fuel leak. additionally, the fuel pump may stop working, possibly causing an engine stall and increase the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump module, free of charge. the recall began february 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.
09/24/14 Engine BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 128i coupe, 128i convertible, 328i sedan, 328i xdrive sedan, 328i coupe, 328i convertible, 328i sports wagon and z4 sdrive 30i, 2011-2012 135i coupe, 135i convertible, 335i sedan, x5 xdrive 35i, and x6 xdrive 35i, 2011 335i xdrive sedan, 335i coupe, 335i convertible, 528i sedan, 535i sedan, 535i xdrive sedan, x3 xdrive 28i, and x3 xdrive 35i, 2010 x3 xdrive 30i, and x5 xdrive 30i, 2012 640i coupe, and 640i convertible and 2010-2012 535i gran turismo vehicles. in the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (vanos) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break.

If the bolts loosen or break the engine may have reduced power or stall. an engine stall increases the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the four vanos housing bolts for both vanos units (intake and exhaust), free of charge. in addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline 6 cylinder engines not covered by this recall, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition. the recall began on september 24, 2014. owners may contact BMW 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.
11/30/12 Engine BMW is recalling certain model year 2013 m5, m6 coupe, and m6 convertible vehicles, manufactured from july 19, 2012, through september 11, 2012. due to a manufacturing process error, the tolerance between the engine oil pump's drive shaft and the pump's rotor was not within specification. as a result, the pump's driveshaft could separate from the rotor.

Separation of the pump's driveshaft from the rotor could lead to a sudden loss of oil pressure causing the possibility of complete engine failure, resulting in an engine stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil pump, free of charge. the safety recall began on november 30, 2012. owners may contact BMW 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.
10/29/07 Engine On certain vehicles equipped with v8 engines, in conditions of below freezing temperatures combined with low humidity, it is possible for electrostatic discharge to occur at the fuel rails. if this were to occur, the engine electronic control unit (ecu) could be affected so that engine stalling could result.

If stalling were to occur, the driver may not be able to maintain vehicle speed or accelerate and the power steering could fail increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will attach two ground cables in the engine compartment free of charge. the recall began on october 29, 2007. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
07/05/04 Engine On certain passenger vehicles equipped with 8-cylinder engines, a circular retention clip at the quick-release coupling along the fuel supply line was inadvertently not installed.

In the event of a severe frontal crash, the quick-release coupling could separate causing fuel leakage. fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

Dealers will install a circular retention clip at the quick-release coupling along the fuel supply line. the recall began on july 5, 2004. owners should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
12/31/69 Engine BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain 2011-2012 BMW 550i, 550i xdrive, 550i gran turismo, 550i gran turismo xdrive, 750i, 750li, 750i xdrive, 750li xdrive, 760li, x5 xdrive50i, x5 m, x6 xdrive50i, x6 m, activehybrid7, mini cooper s convertible, john cooper works (jcw) convertible, cooper s countryman, cooper s countryman all4, cooper s, jcw, cooper s clubman, jcw clubman, cooper s roadster, jcw roadster, cooper s coupe, jcw coupe and rolls-royce ghost, 2011 BMW x6 hybrid and 2012 BMW 650i coupe, 650i xdrive coupe, 650i convertible and 650i xdrive convertible vehicles. the electric auxiliary water pump may fail and cause the circuit board to overheat.

If the circuit board were to overheat, it can increase the risk of a fire.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the electric auxiliary water pump, free of charge. depending on the model, there are currently limited parts available, however not all parts are available at this time. owners will be notified of the recall beginning june 11, 2018, and will receive a second notification when remedy parts become available. owners may contact BMW customer service at BMW 1-800-525-7417, mini at 1-866-825-1525, or rolls-royce at 1-877-877-3735. note: BMW recommends that owners park their vehicle outdoors until the recall remedy has been performed.

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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09/09/16 Transmission and Drivetrain BMW of north america, llc (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 BMW m5 sedans manufactured september 4, 2014, through december 4, 2014, 2015 m6 coupes manufactured september 3, 2014, through december 3, 2014, 2015 m6 convertibles manufactured september 8, 2014, through december 4, 2014, and 2015 m6 gran coupe vehicles manufactured september3, 2014, through december 4, 2014. the affected vehicles have a driveshaft that may have been inadequately welded during manufacturing.

Due to the improper weld, the driveshaft may fracture and fail, causing loss of drive to the rear wheels and a loss of propulsion. additionally, if the car is turned off and exited without the parking brake applied, the car may roll. either condition increases the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the driveshaft, as necessary, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin during september 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.
11/30/05 Transmission and Drivetrain Certain passenger vehicles may have been built with an incorrectly manufactured automatic transmission parking pawl guide plate.

This could cause the parking lock system not to engage, after the transmission is placed in the park ("p") position. if the vehicle was parked on an incline, and the parking brake was not engaged, this could result in a vehicle rollaway condition.

Dealers will repair and replace the automatic transmission guide plate free of charge. the recall began on november 30, 2005. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-332-4269.

Customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
09/13/06 Suspension and Steering On certain passenger vehicles, the lower rubber mount of the rear shock absorbers may not have been manufactured to specifications and may not adhere correctly to its housing within the shock absorber.

The bushing could loosen and over time could separate from its housing. the driver will experience impaired vehicle handling and control increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the rear shock absorber free of charge. the recall began on september 13, 2006. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
06/28/06 Suspension and Steering On certain passenger vehicles, the nuts which secure the front axle control arm and tension strut to the front wheel hub may not have been tightened to specification. over time the nuts could loosen and the control arm and tension strut could be damaged.

Vehicle handling and control could compromise increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will retighten the front axle control arm and tension strut nuts to the correct specifications free of charge. the recall began on june 28, 2006. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://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.
04/30/12 Electrical and Air Conditioning BMW is recalling certain model year 2004-2010 5-series, model year 2004-2010 6-series, model year 2006-2010 m5, and model year 2007-2010 m6 vehicles. the insulated bulkhead connector for the positive battery cable may have been incorrectly attached to the trunk floor panel, which can lead to a loosening of the bolt connection. as it loosens, an increase in electrical resistance at this cable connection is possible and could cause the cable connection to overheat.

Overheating could lead to a fire, even while the vehicle is not in use. as a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and secure the battery bolt cable connection as necessary, free of charge. the safety recall began on april 30, 2012. owners may contact BMW customer relations and services at 1-800-525-7417.

Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
05/21/07 Electrical and Air Conditioning Certain passenger vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 208, 'occupant crash protection.' the front passenger seat has a sensing system to detect if the seat is occupied. this sensing is programmed to detect if the seat is occupied by a small adult or certain child restraint seats. placing certain child seats on the front passenger seat is designed to result in the automatic deactivation of the front seat passenger's air bag.

In some cases, the sensing system may misinterpret a properly seated small adult as one of these specific child seats, resulting in deactivation of the front passenger air bag when the air bag might be beneficial for the adult, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

Dealers will replace the front passenger seat sensor. the recall began on may 21, 2007. owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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BMW 6-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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