The National Highway Traffic Administration has announced that BMW is expanding its recall to cover 3,660 2009-2010 diesel-powered X5 SUVs in order to repair fuel filter heaters used to warm up diesel fuel in cold temperatures which will not shut off. The problem has been traced to faulty electrical connections that can overload a transistor and drain the battery. In worst case scenarios fire could also occur.
The original recall (issued in Aug. 2011), involved 2,120 models from 2009. BMW said it received at least 22 reports of faulty filters between late 2012 and mid-2013 on the later models. However, there have been reports of injury or accidents.
This is the latest in a series of headaches for the German automaker since December when it was forced to recall 29,800 diesel-powered X5 models from 2009-2012 for a loose bolt that could result in a loss of power steering, followed in February by the need to fix brake vacuum lines in some 30,265 X5 models from 2007-2010 that might cause failure in the power boosters.
A similar problem has also generated a recall by General Motors involving nearly 293,000 20111-2012 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars with 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and 6T-40 six-speed automatic transmissions.
Although there have been reports of several low speed crashes involves the Cruzes, no injuries have occurred. The company has announced that its dealers will replace a switch in the power brake vacuum assembly at no cost to consumers.
Owners of the recalled BMWs can contact the company at-800-525-7417 for more information, while Cruze owners can call Chevrolet customer service at 800 222-1020.