BMW is recalling over 136,000 vehicles in the U.S. for fuel leaks and engine stalling. The affected vehicles have faulty fuel pumps with wiring that is not sufficiently crimped. This can increase electrical resistance on the pins, and melt the surrounding plastic. Once the plastic is melted, that can cause gas to leak while the car is being refueled, or while the car is making a turn. In addition, the fuel pump can fail, which could lead to stalls or the engine failing to start, which could cause an accident.
The affected cars are the 2007-2011 X5, 2008-2011 X6, 2010-2011 5-series Gran Turismo, 2011-2012 5-series, and 2012 6-series. Other affected models include the X5 M, X6 M, and hybrid versions of the X6 and 5-series sedan.
BMW discovered this problem five years ago when owners began complaining of gasoline odors inside their vehicles. BMW decided it was sufficient to let dealers fix the fuel pumps only when customers complained about odors or saw the check engine light come on, rather than issuing a full recall. Finally, in June, BMW reviewed warranty claims, and decided to issue a recall. Under the terms of the recall, dealers will replace the entire fuel delivery module starting in December.
It’s unfortunate that BMW chose for five years to take the cheaper alternative and only replaced fuel pumps when customers complained. It’s unclear whether anyone was injured as a result of BMW refusing to issue a recall earlier. If you have been injured because of a defective automobile, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges. We have experience with product liability claims. Call us at 855-947-0707, or visit our Twitter page to learn more.