BMW recalling K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles

Publish Date: 
Dec 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - BMW of North America is recalling about 2,475 model year 2012 K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles for an engine control unit defect that can cause the motorcycles to stall unexpectedly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s notice says in certain riding conditions, an incorrect throttle valve control signal may be received by the engine control unit, limiting the engine speed. That can cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

“A calibration threshold within the throttle valve control software has been determined to be overly sensitive. As a result, under certain operating conditions, an implausible signal may be registered within the engine control unit. If this happens, the engine control unit may initiate a ‘fail safe mode’ (i.e. ‘limp home mode,’ engine speed limited to approximately 2,000 rpm). In rare cases, the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash,” according to the NHTSA notice.

BMW said it is not aware of any accidents and of only one minor injury having resulted from the issue.

BMW will notify owners. Dealers are asked to update the throttle control software, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin this month.


Posted by Holly Wagner