The Problem: The fuel tank vent line is routed near the ribbed wire protecting the battery-plus cable sleeve. The line can rub against the ribbed wire, and possibly wear through, creating a fuel vapor leak within the enclosed engine compartment. This increases the risk of a fire.
Injuries/Deaths: There are zero known injuries or deaths associated with this issue. A non-US dealer spotted a chafed line in a vehicle, then BMW monitored field vehicles, saw other indications of chafing, and subsequently ordered the recall.
The Fix: Beginning April 3, BMW dealers will inspect fuel vent lines and replace them as necessary. For all vehicles under the recall, BMW will install a clip between the fuel tank vent line and the battery cable sleeve to prevent contact and possible wear. This fix is free of charge.
If You Own One: BMW will notify all owners, or owners can call BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Owners can also check if their vehicle is affected by entering their VIN at BMW's Safety Recall site or safercar.gov/vin.