The fuel level sensor is the sensor located in the fuel tank that tells the vehicle how much fuel is in the fuel tank. This sensor has a float attached to it that may become wedged against the fuel tank, causing the float to be stuck in one spot instead of "floating" on top of the fuel in the tank. Because the float can not move, the instrument cluster will indicate that the fuel level is still full, even though it empty. Running the vehicle out of fuel will result in the vehicle shutting off (stalling) while driving down the road. BMW will replace the fuel level sensor free of charge. If you own a 2010 or 2011 5-series and did not receive a notice, contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or the national highway traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 to verify this recall does not apply to your vehicle. You may need the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), located on a placard attached to the vehicle's driver side door frame. Your vehicles production date is also on this placard.
BMW is recalling 2011 X5 and X6 SAV models for failing to comply with federal safety standards on tire selection and rims. Affected models are equipped with 20-inch wheels, yet the label states the vehicles have 19-inch wheels. This can lead to incorrect tire inflation, which can affect handling and increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will mail the correct labels to the customer or install the label free of charge.
The brake system vacuum pump check valve can leak oil and contaminate the power brake booster. This can result in loss of power brake assist. Dealers will repair the vehicle as necessary free of charge to resolve concerns.
The seat belt pretensioner explosion that occurs during a collision may ignite the sound insulation around the buckles. Dealers will modify the sound insulation on all vehicles, and relplace the seat belt on some models. This recall began on August 23, 2010.
BMW is recalling 2010 X5 M SAV models for failing to comply with federal safety standards on lamps and reflective devices. The side marker lamps do not illuminate because the vehicles were not equipped with the power supply cables leading to the lamps. BMW will install the power supply cables free of charge.
The windshield is bonded to its framework, not only creating a watertight seal, but contributing to the structural integrity of the roof. 210 vehicles were assembled with insufficient bonding in the upper right area of the windshield. In the event of a roll over type crash, the stability of the roof could be affected, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will remove and reinstall the windshield and re-install it with the proper bonding to correct this concern.
An incorrect crimp connector may have been installed on the side air bag and belt tensioner wiring. There may be insufficient contact in the wiring, creating high resistance. This condition may cause the side air bag and/or safety belt tensioner not to deploy if needed in a crash, which increases the risk of injury. Dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall began September 16, 2009.
The rear disc brake rotors may not have been manufactured to the proper specifications and in extreme cases, one or both rotors may break resulting in a loss of braking ability at that wheel, increasing stoping distances and the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the rear brake discs and replace them as necessary.
A defective crimp connector can cause increased electrical resistance in the seat belt tensioner wiring. Increased resistance in the wiring could cause the belt tensioner not to deploy in the event of a crash. If the belt tensioner does not deploy in a crash, injury could result. The belt tensioner wiring will be repaired free of charge. The recall began September 5, 2009.
BMW is recalling 2008–2009 M3 passenger vehicles with the optional double clutch transmission. When rapid vehicle deceleration occurs, the transmission software may perform a multistage downshift, which can cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reprogram the engine and transmission ECU with updated software free of charge.