The 2009 BMW K1300S is just one model included in a recent recall regarding a potential fuel pump flange issue.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall notice regarding certain BMW 2005-2011 model year R-model motorcycles, 2005-2012 K-model, 2010-2011 S1000RR, and 2006-2010 HP2 motorcycles. According to the notice, “in the affected motorcycles, the fuel pump flange (and the auxiliary fuel pump flange if equipped) could develop cracks and leak fuel.” There are potentially 50,184 units affected by the recall.
In a letter dated December 12, 2013 to the NHTSA, BMW North America Safety Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems Department Head, Sam Campbel, outlined the issue further: “due to excessive loads on the fuel pump flange in the area of the quick connector during motorcycle servicing, ductile cracks may develop in the plastic flange. Excessive loads can be generated during improper removal and insertion of the quick connector, or by removing the fuel tank prior to disconnecting the fuel line. Further damage can be caused by corrosive material/fluids.”
BMW’s timeline of investigation into the issue dates back to a warranty claim filed in February 2006, followed by two additional claims in March 2007, all which included descriptions of fuel leaks. Consumer complains began to arrive in late 2009 and between November ’09 and February 2010 BMW conducted tests and analysis to determine the cause of the fuel leaks. Later in 2010 BMW began evaluations of improvements to the fuel pump flange, including a torque reduction during assembly as well as the introduction of a reinforcing sleeve over the flange neck.
In mid-2013 the NHTSA opened an Engineering Analysis regarding the issue, which prompted further discussion between the NHTSA and BMW. BMW conducted additional testing and analysis at that time and, according to the letter, “although BMW does not believe that an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety exists in subject motorcycles, in a good faith effort BMW has decided to cooperate and resolve this issue with NHTSA.”
The remedy includes inspection of the fuel pump flange and replacement of parts if necessary, free of charge.
This is not the first time BMW K- and R-series motorcycles have been subject to a recall of this nature. The NHTSA cites a related investigation for owners of early 2000’s model year motorcycles where fuel leaks occurred “due to cracks in the pump’s housing at the output quick connector.” Unfortunately for those affected by that recall, “many times owners first became aware of the problem when fuel soaks their pant legs or puddles under their parked motorcycle.”
Owners may contact BMW customer relations direct at 1-800-525-7417 or email CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com for more information.
Information can also be found at the NHTSA website, www.safecar.gov, or by calling the vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236. The campaign ID number for the BMW fuel pump flange recall is 13V617000.