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Faulty fuel pump leads to BMW recall

BMW said the high-pressure fuel pump on certain vehicles could fail, causing reduced engine performance. BMW said the high-pressure fuel pump on certain vehicles could fail, causing reduced engine performance. (Reuters/ File)
Associated Press / October 27, 2010

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WASHINGTON — German automaker BMW AG issued recalls involving about 150,000 luxury vehicles yesterday to fix faulty fuel pumps that could cause vehicles to lose power.

BMW said it notified the US Environmental Protection Agency that it would recall 130,000 vehicles from the 2007-2010 model years over emissions. The recall covers the 2007-2010 335i; 2008-2010 135i, 535i, and X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes; and 2009-2010 Z4 Roadster sDrive35i.

All the vehicles have twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engines featuring BMW’s direct fuel injection system. BMW said the high-pressure fuel pump could fail on the vehicles and owners could experience long-crank engine starting times or reduced engine performance.

BMW said it will replace the high-pressure fuel pump and update software, if necessary. A BMW spokesman said 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles had already received replacement fuel pumps from previous recalls. He estimated that 40,000 vehicles would need a new fuel pump.

Separately, BMW recalled 20,800 2008 X5 Sports Activity Vehicles with inline six-cylinder engines to replace the low-pressure fuel pump. The automaker said if the fuel pump failed, the engine would stop running and the driver would lose power assist for steering and brakes. BMW said the steering and brakes would still work under those circumstances.

BMW said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries connected to the recalls.