Non-Compliance Recall 21V-831 Rear License Plate Illumination – 2022 BMW X4

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October 22, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V831000

License Plate Not Illuminated Properly/FMVSS 108

 

The incorrectly positioned license plate lamp cutouts could cause confusion to other drivers on the road, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V831

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected 2,577

 

Summary

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2022 X4 xDrive30i, X4 M40i, and X4M vehicles. The rear license plate may not be illuminated properly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

 

Remedy

Dealers will modify the rear license plate bracket, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed on December 17, 2021. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 

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SIB 51 21 21
2021-10-25

RECALL 21V-831: REAR LICENSE PLATE ILLUMINATION

 

MODEL

E-Series Model Description Production Date
G02 X4 Sports Activity Coupe July 27, 2021 – October 19, 2021
F98 X4 M Sports Activity Coupe July 28, 2021 – October 12, 2021

 

SITUATION

BMW AG is conducting a Voluntary Non-Compliance Recall (effective October 25, 2021) on certain Model Year 2022 BMW X4 SAC models that were produced between July 27, 2021 and October 19, 2021.

The illumination of the rear license plate may not meet a Federal requirement.  The rear license plate bracket will be modified.

The Recall Notice and Q&A have been attached for further information.

 

CAUSE

The position of the rear license plate bracket does not conform to federal lighting requirements.

 

CORRECTION

Rework the rear license plate bracket.

 

PROCEDURE

  1. If a rear license plate has already been installed, remove the rear license plate and continue tostep 2. If a license plate has not yet been installed, continue to step 2.

 

  1. Inspect the 2 mounting screws of the rear license plate bracket as shown to the left.

 

Are both mounting screws installed ABOVE the traditionally used metal bushings?

Yes: No further correction is necessary.

No: Continue to step 3.

 

  1. Remove the rear license plate bracket.

 

  1. Using a 5mm drill bit, drill 2 new holes exactly 8mm directly above the metal bushings as shown to the left.

 

  1. Reinstall the rear license plate bracket using the 2 new holes, tightening to 1.12 Nm.

Note: The screw heads may now impact the metal bushings when tightened.  This is OK.

 

  1. Reinstall the license plate if removed in step 1.

 

PARTS INFORMATION

Parts are not necessary.

 


Non-Compliance Recall
21V-831
Rear License Plate Illumination
Model Year 2022
BMW X4 SAC
Issue Date: 10/22/2021

 

Q1. Which BMW models in the US are potentially affected by this Recall?

Certain Model Year 2022 BMW X4 SAC models in the US are potentially affected.

 

Q2. What is the specific issue?

The illumination of the rear license plate may not meet a Federal requirement.

 

Q3. Why are other models / vehicles not included in this Recall?

Other models contain a rear license plate where the illumination meets the Federal requirement.

 

Q4. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?

Yes.  However, please contact an authorized BMW center and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.  If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this important information.

 

Q5. Can I determine if this issue exists in my vehicle? No.

 

Q6. How did BMW become aware of the issue?

BMW became aware of the issue through our quality control procedures.

 

Q7. How will I be informed of this Recall?

Owners of potentially affected vehicles will be notified via First Class mail, advising them of this Recall, and requesting them to schedule an appointment with an authorized BMW center to have the remedy performed.  Owners can locate their nearest authorized BMW center at bmwusa.com/dealer.

 

To ensure BMW has your recent contact and vehicle information, owners should visit bmwusa.com/recall and click on “Manage recall notices and contact information

 

Q8. How will my vehicle be remedied?

The rear license plate bracket will be modified for free and will take about one hour.

 

Q9. Do I have to wait for my letter to have my vehicle serviced?

No.  Please contact an authorized BMW center to have this important Recall performed.  For the latest updates on this Recall, please visit www.bmwusa.com/recall.

 


Chronology :

On October 8, 2021, BMW became aware of a potential issue involving the illumination of the rear license plate on a Model Year 2022 BMW X4. An engineering review was initiated.

Vehicle build configurations, varying trim levels, including packages/options, and model year designs were evaluated, including a recent vehicle midlife-cycle design change. Regulatory requirements were examined which included an assessment and comparison between world-wide and US-specific details. Supplier production, process, and potential supply chain affects were examined.

It was found that, due to a design change to the rear bumper, and in combination with the license plate bracket, vehicles may not fully conform to FMVSS 108 Section 7.7.13.3 regarding illumination of the rear license plate.

Vehicle assembly information and supplier production records were reviewed in order to determine the number and production dates of potentially affected vehicles.

On October 15, 2021, BMW decided to conduct a voluntary non-compliance recall.

BMW has not received any reports, nor is BMW otherwise aware, of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

 


1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
BMW X4 2022

 


10 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-21V831-4226.pdf 645.358KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Dealer Notification re BMW Recall 21V-831: Rear License Plate Illumination

RCMN-21V831-9592.pdf 146.153KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-21V831-1753.pdf 249.628KB

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Noncompliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V831-7251.PDF 214.069KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2021-4

RCLQRT-21V831-0683.PDF 211.14KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V831-7401.pdf 1086.887KB

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Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V831-9508.PDF 214.191KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2022-1

RCLQRT-21V831-9398.PDF 211.246KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2022-2

RCLQRT-21V831-5853.PDF 211.329KB

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Recall 573 Report – 2/11/22

RCLRPT-21V831-7384.PDF 214.178KB

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