BMW has announced that it is recalling 1,540 examples of its 2009 and 2010 X5 xDrive35d crossovers produced between June 13, 2009 and November 9, 2009.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the model's fuel filter heater, which warms up the diesel fuel at low outside temperatures, can experience an electrical overload condition that may cause it to become permanently activated. This means the fuel filter heater could remain activated even when the ignition is off, which could lead to a dead battery. It could also lead to overheating, possibly resulting in a fire.

This recall is expected to begin later this month. Scroll down for the official information from NHTSA.

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Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

SUMMARY:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 X5 xDrive35d vehicles equipped with a diesel engine and manufactured from June 13, 2009, through November 9, 2009. The fuel filter heater, which is used for warming up the diesel fuel during vehicle operation at low outside temperatures, could experience an electrical overload condition and become permanently activated.

CONSEQUENCE:
The fuel filter heater could remain activated even when the ignition is off and lead to a dead battery. The unit could also overheat, possibly resulting in a vehicle fire.

REMEDY: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel filter heater, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417. >
NOTES:
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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      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fuel filter heater? I've never even heard of such a thing before. Granted, I don't know much about diesels. But the complexity of these vehicles is a bit disturbing.
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Diesel engines operator on a different principle than gas engines - still internal combustion, but it is head and pressure, opposed to a spark that causes combustion. There are various forms of methods to have the engine warm enough for combustion - in northern areas, there will be block heaters, and at truck stops in the winter, the truckers will leave their engines running all night long as they sleep (how is that for green)? I would imagine that a dedicated solar system COULD be created to power a heater that could keep the fuel/engine warm during cold times...maybe...if it could last long enough. I would have to do the math to see if that is possible, as heat takes a good amount of current, and a battery would have to last 8 hours...
      Davey Hiltz
      • 1 Month Ago

      That would be really bad to have a car fire right around your engine. We had some friends that their car caught on fire while they were headed to California. They said it was an awful experience even though they were able to make it out alive. Lucky for them they were able to get a new car from the insurance.

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      Davey Hiltz
      • 1 Month Ago

      That would be really bad to have a car fire right around your engine. We had some friends that their car caught on fire while they were headed to California. They said it was an awful experience even though they were able to make it out alive. Lucky for them they were able to get a new car from the insurance.

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      • 1 Year Ago
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      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure why this is cross posted on ABG. Since it is here though I'd like to point out that an electric car doesn't have a fuel filter or fuel pump to have a problem with. But to be fair, I still drive a gas car but can't wait to get my electric car in two years so I don't have to deal with this kind of thing any more.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Diesels get recalled over the silliest of things. How many EVs have been recalled for problems with their powertrain?
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a couple friends that have X5s and both of them have had nothing but bad luck with them.
      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I looked at the number of comments, it said, \'-1\' Never saw that before. Evidently they really don\'t count Mr. Sled.
      Michael Drake
      • 1 Year Ago
      I currently own an X5 diesel so perhaps I could shed some light on this recall. The recall is related to a heater that warms the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to help with the selective catalytic reduction system (SCR). Diesel exhaust by nature is very high in nitric oxide and the SCR basically converts the NOX into nitrogen and water, thus reducing emissions to virtually zero since both elements are found in our atmosphere. The DEF could freeze at temperatures below ~15 degrees so the recalled heater kicks in below a certain outside temperature to keep the DEF warm and ready for the SCR process. The whole SCR process is needed to meet the strict emissions standards set by some states.
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