The Basics: BMW is recalling 136,188 vehicles in the United States and another 18,284 in Canada due to improperly crimped wiring for the fuel pump in the gas tank. All the information can be seen here from NHTSA, but here's a breakdown of the affected models:
  • 2007-2011 X5
  • 2008-2011 X6
  • 2010-2011 X6 ACTIVEHYBRID
  • 2010-2011 5-Series Gran Turismo
  • 2011-2012 528I
  • 2011-2012 535I
  • 2011-2012 550I
  • 2012 640I
  • 2012 650I
The Problem: A fuel leak can develop if the insufficiently crimped wires get too hot and melt. Owners may smell gasoline inside the cabin, and will see a check engine light in the dash. Initial reports of the defect came in June of 2011.

Injuries/Deaths: None have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the fuel pump, a process that will take several hours to complete.

If you own one: Expect a letter in the mail, and an appointment at your local BMW dealership sometime after December 5.

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