WASHINGTON, D.C. - BMW is recalling more than 50,000 motorcycles encompassing 18 different model types over seven model years for a potential leak in the fuel pump.
Affected are 2005-2011 R-model motorcycles, 2005-2012 K-model motorcycles, 2010-11 S1000 RR model motorcycles, and 2006-2010 HP2 motorcycles. According to NHTSA, the fuel pump flange, and the auxiliary fuel pump flange if equipped, could develop cracks and leak fuel.
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, the organization stated. The NHTSA campaign number is 13V617000.
According to BMW, the recall affects "approximately 50,184" vehicles. The NHTSA recall follows a similar recall in Canada affecting more than 6,000 bikes.
BMW told NHTSA that "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. Over time, this could affect the seal between the flange and the flange housing. Eventually, a small fuel leak could occur during engine operation. After the engine is shut off, the fuel leak stops."
BMW said it will notify owners. The recall is expected to begin in February.
Dealers will be asked to either reinforce the fuel pump flange or replace the pump as necessary, free of charge, according to the recall.