Insufficient Illumination from Low Beams – 2021-2024 BMW R 18, R 18B, & R 18 Transcontinental Motorcycles

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December 22, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V884000

Insufficient Illumination from Low Beams/FMVSS 108

Insufficient illumination from the headlight can reduce visibility or cause a glare for oncoming traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V884

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC


Potential Number of Units Affected 2,369



BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2021-2024 BMW R 18, R 18B, and R 18 Transcontinental motorcycles. The headlight low beam attachment points may break, shifting the reflector out of position, and resulting in insufficient illumination. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”



The remedy is currently under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed February 13, 2024. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.



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


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UPDATE: Delivery Stop R18 Bagger and Transcontinental (K35)

Adaptive Headlight Reflector

Recall 23V-884 has been issued for STOP630009 K35 headlight reflector

BMW is announcing a delivery stop STOP630009 for R18 Bagger and Transcontinental (K35) equipped with Option 0134 Adaptive Headlights and 0219 Deluxe Headlight produced between 04/17/2020 and 12/08/2023.

In rare cases, one or several connecting points of the low beam reflector within the headlight may break. The LED lamp of the low beam will continue to function. A broken connection of the reflector may be noticed through rattling noises or vibration of the low beam. In single cases, the reflector may tilt from its intended position, causing the form and direction of the low beam to change. The functions of high beam and daytime running light / position light are not affected in any way.

Affected vehicles are flagged in AIR (Aftersales Information Research) with campaign code

STOP630009. Please note, open campaigns or vehicle stops may not appear in DCS Warranty Vehicle Inquiry or sales systems until 24-72 hours after they are announced, therefore AIR is always the recommended method for determining open campaigns and vehicle stops.

If you have a vehicle in your new/used inventory matching the above description it cannot be retailed until repaired.

Next steps are being determined and a bulletin with technical measures will be published once information is available. The BMW Motorrad Management Leadership Team is working on compensation measures associated to this stop sale and will communicate these soon.

UPDATE: We have been issued the NHTSA Recall number for STOP630009.


Please be reminded that it is a violation of federal law (The Safety Act) for you to sell, lease or deliver any new motorcycle covered by this notification until the recall repair has been performed. This means that dealers may not legally deliver new motorcycles to consumers until they are fixed or use/sell replacement equipment/parts subject to this recall. Note also that substantial civil penalties apply to violations of the Safety Act. Also, you should not sell, lease or deliver any used motorcycles subject to a safety recall until the repair is completed. Please follow any special instructions that we provide to you for the return or disposition of recall parts.

Jan 5, 2024


Chronology :

On October 17, 2023, BMW became aware of field cases where customers complained about vibrating headlamps and/or detached reflectors within the headlamp. An engineering investigation was initiated.

A parts return program was implemented, and the headlamp supplier was contacted. Initial analyses pointed toward vibration-induced damage. As a result, the testing profiles and performance parameters from the development process were reviewed.

From these analyses, it was found that the vibration profiles on R18 models when ridden by customers differed from the profiles which had been used for endurance testing during the development phase.

Parallel to the engineering activities, field data was analyzed. It was found that, between May 2022 and December 2023, BMW received approximately 8 customer complaints, 72 warranty claims, and 68 dealer field reports that may be related to the issue. BMW is also aware of approximately 6 NHTSA VOQs that were submitted to the agency. The field data indicated that approximately 75 unique motorcycles may have experienced this condition.

On December 19, 2023, 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.


12 Affected Products


BMW R 18 2021-2024
BMW R 18 B 2021-2024


3 Associated Documents

Noncompliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V884-7331.PDF 214.627KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V884-7723.pdf 645.603KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-23V884-6914.pdf 103.321KB

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