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50,000+ BMWs R and K series are to be recalled

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The German manufacturer BMW are to recall 1,000's of motorcycles built between January 2004 and 2012 (both boxer and four-cylinder models), over a possible fuel leak.

It has been discovered that a fuel pump flange on theses models can crack, causing petrol to escape. Customers are to be notified and the flanges will be modified and replaced as necessary.

BMW GB are however anxious to point out this is not a matter for panic, as there have been no safety issues related to this in the UK. Owners will either have the fix carried out for free at a BMW dealer at their request or at the next service. A spokesman added: "Technically it is not classed as a ‘recall’ in the UK, as it is not safety related and customers will not be asked to immediately return their bikes to the dealers. We would class it as a campaign."

The measures follow an investigation by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into consumer complaints. The fault concerns more than 50,000 motorcycles in America alone.

One owner told the NHTSA: “I started the motorcycle engine and a few seconds after it started, gasoline started to gush from the front of the bike onto the engine. Before I knew it, I was in a puddle of gasoline. I shut it off as soon as I realized what was happening. I mopped up the gasoline off of the floor to eliminate the fire danger.”

A report posted by BMW on the NHTSA’s website says the first warrantee claim describing a fuel leak was received in 2006.

The models affected are:

BMW HP2 MEGAMOTO 2008-2009
BMW HP2 SPORT 2008-2010
BMW K 1200 GT 2006-2008
BMW K 1200 R 2006-2008
BMW K 1200 R SPORT 2007
BMW K 1200 S 2005-2008
BMW K 1300 GT 2009-2011
BMW K 1300 S 2009-2011
BMW K 1600 GT 2012
BMW K 1600 GTL 2012
BMW R 1200 GS 2005-2011
BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE 2006-2011
BMW R 1200 R 2007-2011
BMW R 1200 RT 2005-2011
BMW R 1200 S 2007
BMW R 1200 ST2005-2007
BMW S 1000 RR2010-2011

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