Problem with Fuel Leak Prompts BMW to Recall 51k Motorcycles
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are now issuing a recall for almost 51,000 motorcycles, due to a possible fuel leak, reported BMW's agency website. The website states that most 2006-20011 R and K series models are being recalled for.
The N.H.T.S.A. investigated after numerous consumer complaints about a gas leakage problem with the models. BMW has confirmed that they would recall the motorcycles, despite claiming that the leaks do not pose a an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety.
It is said that a crack develops along the plastic flanges of the fuel pump, a possibility that an error during the maintenance procedure occurred. BMW also states that the corrisve fluids may also be the cause of the damage, causing small leaks.
One owner of the motor vehicle has claimed to safety agencies that the leak was not at all small.
“I started the motorcycle engine – a few seconds after it started, gasoline started to gush from the front of the bike onto the engine,” the owner wrote. “Before I knew it, I was in a puddle of gasoline. I shut it off as soon as I realized what was happening. I mopped up the gasoline off of the floor to eliminate the fire danger.”
Others told the agency that, they found a pant leg soaked in gasoline after their rides.
BMW said that they were aware of any injuries, accidents or fire related to the gas leaks.
However, BMW reports stated that in 2006, did the automakers received a complaint and many following afterwards. By the year 2010 did the company began to investigate the issue and tested that the leaks were caused by servicing technique errors an since then began manufacturing changes to prevent any problems on newer models in the future.
The full list of recalled motorcycles can be seen here.
Source: KDH News, "BMW Is Recalling 51,000 Motorcycles for Fuel Leak," Mason W. Canales, January 7, 2014