BMW of North America is recalling multiple models of its motorcycles for an issue with the marking of the brake fluid reservoir. Apparently, some of the affected models may not clearly state the required type of brake fluid and the process for filling the reservoir.
BMW that the reservoir marking issue could lead to an improper maintenance procedure that could affect the motorcycle’s braking. Due to the marking failure, the affected machines do not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) Number 122, “Motorcycle Brake Systems”.
The recall specifies that 365 units may have this issue. Below is a chart of affected models and model years:
|BMW||R 1250 GS||2019 – 2020|
|BMW||R 1250 GS ADVENTURE||2019 – 2020|
|BMW||R 1250 R||2020|
|BMW||R 1250 RS||2020|
|BMW||R 1250 RT||2019 – 2020|
|BMW||R NINE T||2018 – 2020|
|BMW||R NINE T PURE||2019 – 2020|
|BMW||R NINE T RACER||2018|
|BMW||R NINE T SCRAMBLER||2018 – 2020|
BMW will notify owners of affected machines. Owners should then take their motorcycle to a BMW dealer who will replace the brake fluid reservoir cap free of charge.
This recall is expected to begin on May 11, 2020. In the interim, owners may contact BMW Customer Service at 1-800-525-7417.
Owners can also find more information at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website www.safercar.gov. Or, owners can call NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-800-424-9153 and cite NHTSA Campaign Number 20V166000.
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