BMW of North America will recall more than 5,000 vehicles prone to potentially dangerous engine stalling.
The Westwood, New Jersey-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Sept. 12, 2018 they will recall 5,309 2018 BMW 540d xDrive, 2018 BMW 2 Series Coupe, 2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible, 2019 BMW 430i Gran Coupe, 2018 BMW X2 sDrive28i, 2018 BMW X1 sDrive28i, 2018 BMW 330i, 2018 BMW 330i xDrive, 2019 BMW 4 Series Coupe, 2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible, 2018 BMW 330i xDrive Gran Turismo, 2019 BMW 740i xDrive, 2018 BMW 530i, 2019 Mini Hardtop 4 Door, 2019 Mini Countryman, 2018 BMW 530e, 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo, 2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door, 2019 Mini Convertible, 2018 BMW 330e, and 2019 Mini Countryman vehicles built between May 16, 2018 and June 13, 2018.
The affected vehicles contain crankshaft sensors equipped with defective firmware. That firmware doesn’t let the sensor accurately process input from the crankshaft reluctor ring, causing engine stalls and increasing crash risk.
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BMW first discovered a vehicle running rough on May 22, 2018 at its assembly plant. Diagnostic information indicated a crankshaft sensor problem. Engineers realized a firmware update caused an input processing failure.
The manufacturer said this problem is related to a July 4, 2018 recall regarding emissions problems found in diesel BMW vehicles. Engineers then believed gasoline engines would not experience stalling issues because of different engine behavior and failsafe mode programming.
Testing conducted in late August determined the gasoline engines’ failsafe programming could not prevent engine stalling because of the defective crankshaft software. BMW decided on Sept. 5, 2018 to conduct a safety recall.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the crankshaft sensor, free of charge. The recall began Sept. 6, 2018 for the original population of 540d xDrive vehicles. The recall is expected to begin Nov. 1, 2018 for the expanded population of vehicles. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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