Most of the recall notices we see are, naturally, for mainstream models. This doesn’t mean that rarer, higher-end vehicles are immune. Case in point, BMW’s latest recall.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Bavarian automaker is calling in certain 2018 M5s due to a problem with the fuel pump. If that’s not working, the engine will obviously not fire, thus BMW is recalling 846 units which are affected to address the issue.
Fixing the problem involves updating the software in the engine control unit, which should be simple enough. The process is set to kick off on July 6.
The problem has been isolated to vehicles built from August 21, 2017 (when M5 production commenced) until April 17, 2018. So if you’re lucky enough to have an M5 in your driveway, it’s very likely to belong to the ones included in the recall. In the meantime, BMW has issued a stop-sale order to dealers for those units affected, in parallel to issuing the recall notice.
Along with the M5, BMW has also announced the recall of certain 335d diesel sedans from the 2010-11 model years. The problem here is with the electrical power steering system, which could cause the vehicle to stall. Fixing it will necessitate replacing the positive battery cable connector and securing it better.
All told, this recall is estimated to affect 6,591 vehicles in the United States. So between these two campaigns, we’re only looking at less than 7,500 vehicles.