BMW recalls 5-Series GT models over faulty fuel sensor

BMW 5 series GT fuel gauge BMW recalls 5 Series GT models over faulty fuel sensor

BMW is recalling all 5-Series GT models manufactured between January 12 and July 1, 2010 over a faulty fuel level sensor. The details say that the faulty fuel level sensor could indicate incorrect readings. The needle could display a larger amount of fuel than was actually available in the fuel tank. Although that may not sound dangerous, think of a situation where your car stalls in the middle of the motorway, potentially resulting in a crash. Around 6,000 vehicles of the 5-GT are being recalled.

More importantly, we think that Indian cars could also be a part of the recall. The 5-GT was launched at the Auto Expo and subsequently, 100 units of that model were sold in India. We request the Indian owners of the 5-GT to get in touch with BMW dealerships to clarify the issue.

Hit the jump for press release from NHTSA.

RELEASE

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V331000

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN 2010 AND 2011 5-SERIES AND 5-SERIES GRAN TURISMO PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 12 THROUGH JULY 1, 2010. THE VEHICLE’S FUEL LEVEL SENSOR WITHIN THE FUEL TANK CAN BECOME WEDGED AGAINST THE TANK.

Consequence:
IF THIS OCCURS, THE FUEL GAUGE IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER WOULD DISPLAY A LARGER AMOUNT OF FUEL THAN WAS ACTUALLY IN THE TANK. AS A RESULT, IF THE TANK BECAME EMPTY, THE VEHICLE COULD STALL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
BMW HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A REMEDY PLAN AND NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

[BMWblog]

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