BMW Motorrad has issued a recall for a wide range of its 2019 and 2020 models due to a problem with the rear brake light.  According to BMW, during emergency braking, the brake light may flash instead of remaining on steadily.  As such, the affected motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.  The German manufacturer goes on to say that this condition could cause confusion among other drivers/riders on the road and increase the risk of a crash.

In total, 4,026 motorcycles may have the aforementioned defect.  Below is a list of the years and models affected:

MAKE MODEL MODEL YEAR(S)
BMW F 750 GS 2020
BMW F 850 GS 2020
BMW F 850 GS ADVENTURE 2020
BMW F 900 R 2020
BMW F 900 XR 2020
BMW R 1250 GS 2020
BMW R 1250 GS ADVENTURE 2020
BMW R 1250 R 2020
BMW R 1250 RS 2020
BMW R NINE T 2020
BMW R NINE T PURE 2020
BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER 2020
BMW S1000 R 2019 – 2020
BMW S1000 RR 2020

BMW will notify owners of affected motorcycles who should take their motorcycle to an authorized BMW dealer for repair.  Dealers will reprogram the emergency stop signal function free of charge.  Interestingly, the recall is not expected to begin until May 4, 2020.

In the interim, owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4326 and cite NHTSA campaign number 20V146000

 

 

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