Recall 23V-644 – Windshield Wipers May Fail – 2023 BMW 7 Series & i7

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September 20, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V644000

Windshield Wipers May Fail

Windshield wiper failure can reduce visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V644

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC

Components VISIBILITY/WIPER

Potential Number of Units Affected 3,820

 

Summary

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2023 740i, 760i xDrive and i7 xDrive60 vehicles. The windshield wipers may fail during certain weather conditions.

 

Remedy

Dealers will inspect and replace the windshield wiper system, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 20, 2023. 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 61 22 23
2023-10-05

RECALL 23V-644: WIPER LINKAGE

This Service Information Bulletin (Revision 1) replaces SI B61 22 23 dated September 2023.

 

THIS REPAIR IS MOBILE FRIENDLY

 

What’s New:

  • Recall # added to SIB Title
  • Situation updated
  • Cause, Correction, Procedure, Parts Information, Claim info added

 

MODEL

E-Series Model Description Production Date
G70 7 Series Sedan October 13, 2022 – January 26, 2023

 

SITUATION

With an increased load (e.g., heavy rain, snow loads), the wiper system may fail. In the event of a failure, driving may no longer be possible.

 

CAUSE

The windshield wiper system may not have been produced according to specifications by the supplier. In rare cases, the system may not function as designed which could affect the ability of the wipers to appropriately clear the windshield.

 

CORRECTION

Inspect the batch code of the wiper console and replace if dates match the affected period.

 

PROCEDURE

Inspect the windscreen wiper system console following the instructions below.

 

  1. Remove the cover of the engine compartment at the rear left (driver side).

 

  1. Remove the driver side wiper arm following repair instructions “Removing and installing/replacing both windshield wiper arms 61 61 100 | REP-REP-P-6161100-G70 – V.1” (detach wiper arm with special tool 0 493 441 (61 6 060) when necessary.)
  2. Raise the windshield panel cover on the driver’s side and record the wiper motor code.
  1. Compare the defective batch code and dates of the installed wiper motor.

 

  1. If the batch code falls under the affected dates (from 02 41 22 to 02 50 22), the wiper linkage must be replaced.
  • Refer to AIR repair instructions 61 61 271 “Replace the console for the windshield wiper system

 

  1. If the windshield wiper console does not match the defective batch code dates, the wiper console is OK. Reinstall the removed parts in the reverse order of their removal.

 

PARTS INFORMATION

Refer to the Parts Matrix for the most up to date ordering information.

Use and invoice the applicable part numbers listed below.

Part Number Description Quantity
61 61 5 A7F 143 Linkage windshield wiper with motor (LHD) 1
Or
61 61 5 A70 9C2 Linkage windshield wiper with motor (LHD) 1
51 71 6 966 566 Hexagon bolt with flange 2
51 64 8 076 922 Hexagon screw with washer 2

 

Additionally, other materials and small parts that are not specified above, such as fluids, lubricants, one-time use screws, nuts, and seals, which must be replaced or installed according to the ISTA repair instructions/ETK, must be selected from the Electronic Parts Catalog, or other approved BMW resources, according to the respective vehicle type. Invoiced these items separately under the Repair Code listed in this bulletin.

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Safety Recall
23V-644
Windshield Wiper System
Model Year 2023
BMW 7 Series
Issue Date:  09/14/2023

 

Q1. Which BMW Group models in the US are potentially affected by this Safety Recall? Certain Model Year 2023 BMW 7 Series in the US are potentially affected.

 

Q2. What is the specific issue?

The windshield wiper system may not have been produced according to specifications by the supplier.  In rare cases, the system may not function as designed which could affect the ability of the wipers to appropriately clear the windshield.

 

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

Other models have a windshield wiper system that was produced to specifications by the supplier.

 

Q4. Can I continue to drive my vehicle?

Yes. However, when you are notified by BMW of this Safety Recall, please contact an authorized BMW center to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. For the latest updates to this Safety Recall, please visit bmwusa.com/recall. If you are not the only driver of this vehicle, please advise all other drivers of this important information.

 

Q5. How did BMW Group become aware of the issue?

BMW Group became aware of the issue through its quality control procedures.

 

Q6. How will I be informed of this Safety Recall?

Owners of potentially affected vehicles will be notified via First Class mail and requested 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 the most up-to-date contact and vehicle information, owners should register their vehicle at bmwusa.com/myBMW.  Registration is free and will give them access to other information specific for their BMW vehicle.  Alternatively,  owners can visit bmwusa.com/recall and click on “Manage recall notices and contact information”.

 

Q7. How will my vehicle be remedied?

Potentially affected vehicles will have the windshield wiper system inspected and, if necessary, replaced for free and should take about one hour.

 

Q8. Do I have to wait for BMW to contact me to have the remedy performed?

Yes.  We are in the process of implementing this Safety Recall to ensure that the necessary parts, tools, and procedures are available.  For the latest updates to this recall, please visit bmwusa.com/recall.

 


23V-xyz
Model Year 2023
BMW 7 Series, i7
Windshield Wiper System
Chronology
20 Sep 2023

On December 12, 2022, BMW became aware from the supplier that, during an endurance test on a vehicle in development, which involved heavy loading among other test conditions, it appeared that the system was not able to successfully complete the test series.

On January 10, 2023, a similar test series was conducted, and a similar result occurred. It was suggested that, although the tests were performed on development vehicles, it could affect other vehicle types in production. An engineering investigation was initiated.

Between February and March, additional testing was planned and performed, including durability testing, and conditions involving heavy loads upon the system. Preliminary information indicated that, in certain extreme (e.g., heavy loading) conditions, system performance could be affected.

In April, further reviews and analyses were performed. It was suggested that, although the system performance could be affected in certain extreme conditions, the likelihood of the condition occurring and the system not performing as designed, was minimal. During this time, reviews and analyses of regulatory requirements, and any associated testing and test results, were performed, and it was found that all regulatory requirements were fulfilled.

Nevertheless, it was decided that further tests and analyses would be necessary to help understand, identify, and resolve the issue. Accordingly, a parts collection campaign was implemented to retrieve parts from the field for testing and evaluation, including a further understanding of the system behavior and rate of occurrence in the field.

Starting in May, a parts collection campaign was initiated, with the intent to perform additional tests and analyses on field returned parts. By August, field monitoring indicated that two US market vehicles had a wiper system repair performed, on June 13th and July 7th, respectively. A review of this information suggested that these two cases may be related to the issue.
Vehicle assembly information and supplier production and process records were reviewed to determine the number, and production dates, of potentially affected vehicles.

On September 13, 2023, BMW decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall.

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

 


3 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
BMW 740I 2023
BMW 760I 2023
BMW I7 2023

 


5 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V644-2343.pdf 645.218KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V644-7912.PDF 215.171KB

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Miscellaneous Document – Chronology dated 9/20/23

RMISC-23V644-0993.pdf 52.796KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Dealer Bulletin re BMW Recall 23V-XXX: Wiper Linkage

RCMN-23V644-6215.pdf 303.122KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-23V644-1553.pdf 820.685KB

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