Brake Fluid Cap Missing Information/FMVSS 122 – 2018-2020 BMW RnineT & R1250 Motorcycles

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March 19, 2020 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20V166000

Brake Fluid Cap Missing Information/FMVSS 122

Improper brake system maintenance could affect braking performance and increase the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V166

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 365

 

Summary

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018-2020 RnineT Scrambler and RnineT, 2020 R1250R and R1250RS, 2019-2020 Rnine T Pure, R1250GS, R1250GS Adventure and R1250RT and 2018 RnineT Racer motorcycles. The brake fluid reservoir cap may not clearly state the required type of brake fluid and the process for filling the reservoir, possibly leading to an improper maintenance procedure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 122, “Motorcycle Brake Systems.”

 

Remedy

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake fluid reservoir cap, free of charge. The recall began December 23, 2020. 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.safercar.gov.

Check if your BMW Motorcycle has a Recall

 


Update: Vehicles with milled brake fluid reservoir cover – Stop Sale and Recall 

New milled brake fluid reservoir covers are expected to be available at the end of June. The dealer direct posting has been updated to reflect this information. Additionally, Dealers should reach out to customers who purchased the covers “over the counter” and advise them of the recall, as retail parts sales information is not transmitted to BMW Motorrad USA. A sample letter is attached with the relevant information.

Customers who purchased a vehicle affected by this recall will receive a letter via US mail from BMW Motorrad USA notifying them of the recall starting next week. A second letter will be sent at a later date, notifying the customer that dealers are ready to repair their vehicle when parts are available.

 

Update: Vehicles with milled brake fluid reservoir cover – Stop Sale and Recall option codes 796, 797, 798, 799, 79G, 79H, 79I, 79J, 79K

 

NHTSA STATEMENT

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 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.  You should not sell, lease or deliver any Certified Pre-Owned or used motorcycles subject to a safety recall until the repair is completed.  Follow any special instructions that we provide to you for the return or disposition of recall parts.

 

Recall 20V-166

This Stop Sale is also a Recall due to a non-compliance with NHTSA regulations.

Please be advised that replacement milled brake fluid reservoir covers are estimated to be available at the end of June 2020.

Vehicles that are marked with the special defect code STOP340005 are subject to a delivery stop. Models included are R nineT, R 1250 R and R 1250 GS/GSA that were produced with a milled brake fluid reservoir cover (option codes 796, 797, 798, 799, 79G, 79H, 79I, 79J, 79K), which may not fully conform to legal requirements.

Vehicles can still be sold/delivered if the cover is replaced with a non-milled (standard) original BMW brake fluid reservoir cover which will bring the vehicle into compliance. The standard cover and 2FRU should be claimed using defect code 85 99 00 37 MY. The repair order number must be entered in the RDR override. New vehicles should only be updated with the standard cover when retailed, please do not update unsold vehicles.

In addition, we are updating a small number of bikes at the warehouse with the standard cover so they can be delivered to dealers who are waiting for these units.

In both cases, BMW Motorrad USA will track these vehicles and customers will be included in the recall mailing once parts are available to have the new milled brake fluid reservoir cover installed. Any vehicles you have remaining in inventory will need to be updated at that time.

 

Recall 20E-013:

A small number of customers may have purchased a milled cap over the counter as an

accessory.  Please check your records to determine if a customer has purchased a milled cap from your dealership.  If you have a record with customer contact information, although parts are not yet available, please contact these customers to inform them of this recall. A sample copy of the customer letter is attached to aid in the process. We plan to update this information when parts become available.

Further updates will be provided when new milled covers are available.

May 15, 2020

 


IMPORTANT NON-COMPLIANCE RECALL

This notice applies to your motorcycle,
Recall Campaign No. 20V-166:  Optional Brake Fluid Reservoir Cover

Remedy is Unavailable

 

Name
Address1
Address2
City, state, zip

May 2020

Dear BMW Owner / Lessee:

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.  BMW AG has decided that certain Model Year 2018-2020 BMW R1250 (R, RS, RT, GS, GS Adventure), RnineT, and RnineT (Pure, Racer, Scrambler) motorcycles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 122 (Motorcycle Brake Systems).  Our records indicate that you are the owner of a potentially affected motorcycle.

 

Why are we contacting you?

We are informing you of a Non-Compliance Recall on your motorcycle although we are not able to perform the remedy at this time.  We will notify you with a follow-up letter as soon as we are able to perform this Non-Compliance Recall.  If you are not the only rider of this motorcycle, please advise all other riders of this important information.

 

What could happen?

The stamped text on the optional (milled and color-specific) brake fluid reservoir cover may not meet a Federal requirement.  If the text was misunderstood, it could lead to an improper maintenance procedure.

 

What will BMW do?

When the remedy is available, the brake fluid reservoir cover will be replaced for free which should take about 30 minutes.

 

What if the current motorcycle ownership information is incorrect?

If you changed your address or sold the motorcycle, please let us know by contacting BMW Customer Relations (see left side of page for contact info).  If you are a motorcycle lessor, Federal Regulations require you to forward this notice to your lessee within ten days.

 

What if you have questions or experience problems?

For the latest updates to this recall, please visit www.bmwmotorcycles.com/recall.  Should you have any questions about this recall, please contact your authorized BMW motorcycle dealer.  If you need additional assistance, please contact BMW Customer Relations.  

If your BMW motorcycle dealer is unable to remedy the defect without charge or within a reasonable period of time, you may notify the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, DC 20590, call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800424-9153), or go to https://www.safercar.gov.

Please be assured that your safety is important to us, and we sincerely apologize if this recall causes any inconvenience.  We recommend always wearing a helmet and protective apparel when riding.

Sincerely,

BMW of North America, LLC

 


Update: Recall 20V-166 Replace Brake Reservoir Cover

SIB 34 04 20

 

Initial parts are now available for Recall 20V-166, with additional inventory in transit. The affected vehicles have been marked with campaign number 0000348400.

Affected vehicles that were retrofitted with a standard cap at the warehouse or at your dealer before delivery are also marked with the new campaign number.

Please see attached Service Information Bulletin 34 04 20 for complete details.

 

NHTSA STATEMENT

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 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.  You should not sell, lease or deliver any Certified Pre-Owned or used motorcycles subject to a safety recall until the repair is completed.  Follow any special instructions that we provide to you for the return or disposition of recall parts.

34 04 20 Recall 20V-166.pdf

Aftersales, Bulletins, Motorrad Dealer Direct, Recalls

 


Service Information Bulletin

November 18th, 2020
Brakes 34 04 20

 

RECALL 20V-166 REPLACE BRAKE FLUID RESERVOIR COVER

 

MODEL

E-Series Model Description
K21 R nine T
K22 R nine T Pure
K23 R nine T Scrambler
K32 R nine T Racer
K33 R nine T Urban G/S
K50 R 1250 GS
K51 R 1250 GS Adventure
K52 R 1250 RT
K53 R 1250 R
K54 R 1250 RS

 

The affected vehicles have been marked with campaign number 0000348400

In order to determine if a specific vehicle is affected by this campaign it will be necessary to verify the vehicle VIN in AIR (Aftersales Information Research). Based on the response of the system, either proceed with the repair or take no further action. 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.

 

SITUATION

Vehicles were produced with a milled brake fluid reservoir cover (option codes 796, 797, 798, 799, 79G, 79H, 79I, 79J, 79K), which may not fully conform to legal requirements.

Figure 1: example of affected part

 

CORRECTION

The affected part must be replaced with a new compliant brake reservoir cover. Vehicles as of March 2nd, 2020 are produced with the updated brake reservoir cover.

Vehicles that were updated with a standard cover at the warehouse or by the dealer at the time of sale are also marked with the new campaign number. All customer will receive notification of the recall campaign via the usual recall letter.

 

PARTS INFORMATION

Obtain and confirm the part numbers for your specific vehicle by entering the chassis number in ETK which takes into account specific equipment and/or options.

 

Part Number

32 72 7 923 874 Cover expansion tank (Classic), K2x, K3x
32 72 7 923 876 Cover expansion tank (Storm), K2x, K3x
32 72 7 923 878 Cover expansion tank (Club Sport), K2x, K3x
32 72 7 923 880 Cover expansion tank (Shadow), K2x, K3x
32 72 7 923 882 Cover expansion tank (Classic), K5x
32 72 7 923 884 Cover expansion tank (Storm), K5x
32 72 7 923 886 Cover expansion tank (HP), K5x
32 72 7 923 888 Cover expansion tank (Shadow), K5x

 

IMPORTANT: Parts replaced under this campaign become the property of BMW Motorrad USA as per Section 6 of the Warranty Policy manual. Your dealer must render the removed part unusable and dispose of them according to local rules and regulations. They cannot be reused in any manner.

 

WARRANTY INFORMATION

Covered under the terms of the BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty for Motorcycles and Scooters.

Defect code

00 00 34 84 00 Replacing cover for brake fluid reservoir
Labor Operation
00 60 363 Installing lid for expansion tank 5 FRU

 

FRUs includes all repair procedures to complete the task with allowance for necessary ancillary tasks (e.g., visual inspection, lubrication, cleaning parts etc.) and administrative tasks.

 

QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS BULLETIN

Technical inquires Contact the BMW Technical Support Group via TSARA
Warranty inquires Submit an IDS ticket to the Warranty Department
Parts inquires Submit an IDS ticket to the Motorrad Parts Department

 


BMW

IMPORTANT NON-COMPLIANCE RECALLRemedy Available

This notice applies to your motorcycle,

Recall Campaign No. 20V-166:  Optional Brake Fluid Reservoir Cover

 

Remedy is Available

 

December 2020

Dear BMW Owner / Lessee:

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.  BMW AG has decided that certain Model Year 2018-2020 BMW R1250 (R, RS, RT, GS, GS Adventure), RnineT, and RnineT (Pure, Racer, Scrambler) motorcycles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 122 (Motorcycle Brake Systems).  Our records indicate that you are the owner of a potentially affected motorcycle.

 

Why are we contacting you?

We are pleased to inform you that we are ready to perform this important Non-Compliance Recall. If you have not had this recall performed, please contact your authorized BMW motorcycle dealer immediately to schedule an appointment. Visit www.bmwmotorcycles.com/dealer to locate your nearest authorized BMW motorcycle dealer.

 

What could happen?

The stamped text on the optional (milled and color-specific) brake fluid reservoir may not meet a Federal requirement.  If the text was misunderstood, it could lead to an improper maintenance procedure.

If you are not the only rider of this motorcycle, please advise all other riders of this important information.

 

What will BMW do?

The brake fluid reservoir cover will be replaced for free which should take about 30 minutes.

 

What if the current motorcycle ownership information is incorrect?

You can update motorcycle ownership and contact information by completing the enclosed postage-paid card.  If you are a motorcycle lessor, Federal Regulations require you to forward this notice to your lessee within ten days.

 

What if you have questions or experience problems?

For the latest updates to this recall, please visit www.bmwmotorcycles.com/recall. Should you have any questions about this recall, please contact your authorized BMW motorcycle dealer. If you need additional assistance, contact BMW Customer Relations and Services at 1-800-525-7417 or at CustomerService@bmwmotorcycles.com.

If your BMW motorcycle dealer is unable to remedy the defect without charge or within a reasonable period of time, you may notify the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, DC 20590, call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800424-9153), or go to https://www.safercar.gov.

Please be assured that your safety is important to us, and we sincerely apologize if this recall causes any inconvenience.  We recommend always wearing a helmet and protective apparel when riding.

 

Sincerely,

 

BMW of North America, LLC

 

Spanish translation on back side Traducción en español en el lado inverso

 


BMW

LLAMADO A REVISIÓN IMPORTANTE POR MOTIVOS DE NO CUMPLIMIENTOSolución disponible

Este aviso se aplica a su motocicleta,

 

El repuesto está disponible

 

Diciembre de 2020Campaña de llamada a revision n.º 20V-166: Cubierta opcional del depósito del líquido de freno

Estimado propietario del vehículo BMW (incluidos vehículos adquiridos a través de leasing):

Le enviamos esta notificación en virtud de la Ley nacional de tráfico y seguridad de vehículos motorizados.  BMW AG ha decidido que ciertos modelos del año 2018-2020 de motocicletas BMW R1250 (R, RS, RT, GS, GS Adventure), RnineT, y RnineT (Pure, Racer, Scrambler) no cumplen con la Norma Federal de Seguridad de Vehículos Automotores (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) No. 122 (Sistemas de freno de la motocicleta). En nuestros registros consta que usted es propietario de una motocicleta que podría estar afectada.

 

¿Por qué lo estamos contactando?

Nos complace informarle que estamos listos para llevar a cabo esta revisión por no cumplimiento. Si aún no hubiera acudido a su taller para que se solucione el problema, comuníquese con su distribuidor de motocicleta BMW de inmediato para programar una cita. Visite www.bmwmotorcycles.com/dealer para ubicar a su distribuidor de motocicleta BMW más cercano.

 

¿Qué podría suceder?

La impresión del texto en la cubierta opcional del depósito de líquido de freno (de color específico) puede no cumplir el requerimiento federal. Si el texto fuera mal interpretado, podría llevar al mantenimiento inadecuado.

Si usted no es el único conductor de esta motocicleta, notifique a los otros conductores sobre esta importante información.

 

¿Qué hará BMW?

La cubierta del depósito del líquido de freno será reemplazada en forma gratuita y tardará alrededor de 30 minutos.

 

¿Qué debo hacer si la información sobre el dueño de la motocicleta es incorrecta?

Si usted cambió su dirección o vendió su vehículo, déjenoslo saber y contacte al departamento de relaciones de BMW (ver costado izquierdo de la página para más información de contacto). Si la motocicleta se hubiera vendido a través de leasing, de acuerdo con la ley federal deberá enviar este aviso dentro de diez días al propietario que lo adquirió a través de esta modalidad de compra.

 

¿Qué debe hacer si tiene preguntas o experimenta un problema?

Para ver la información más reciente sobre este llamado, visite www.bmwmotorcycles.com/recall. Si tiene cualquier pregunta sobre este llamado a revisión, comuníquese con su distribuidor de motocicletas BMW autorizado. Si necesita más ayuda, comuníquese con el departamento de servicio y relaciones de BMW llamando al 1-800-525-7417, o por correo electrónico escribiendo a CustomerService@bmwmotorcycles.com.

Si su distribuidor de motocicletas BMW no pudiera solucionar este defecto en forma gratuita o dentro de un plazo razonable, notifique a la Administración Nacional de Seguridad Vial escribiendo a: Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, DC 20590, o llamando al número gratuito de la línea directa para seguridad vehicular al 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), o visitando el sitio https://www.safercar.gov.

Tenga la certeza que su seguridad es importante para nosotros y sinceramente nos disculpamos si este llamado pudiera ocasionarle algún inconveniente. Recomendamos usar siempre un casco y ropa protectora al conducir.

 

Atentamente,

 

English version on front side Versión en inglés en el frente

 

BMW of North America, LLC

 


17 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
BMW R 1250 GS 2019-2020
BMW R 1250 GS ADVENTURE 2019-2020
BMW R 1250 R 2020
BMW R 1250 RS 2020
BMW R 1250 RT 2019-2020
BMW R NINE T 2018-2020
BMW R NINE T PURE 2019-2020
BMW R NINE T RACER 2018
BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER 2018-2020

 


10 Associated Documents

Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Dealer Notification re Update: Vehicles with milled brake fluid reservoir cover – Stop Sale and Recall

RCMN-20V166-8547.pdf 44.287KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Update: Vehicles with milled brake fluid reservoir cover – Stop Sale and Recall ootion codes 796. 797. 798. 799. 79G. 79H. 791. 79J. 79K

RCMN-20V166-1965.pdf 83.029KB

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ISSUED Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577) – Remedy Unavailable

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Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-20V166-5132.PDF 220.494KB

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Non-Compliance Notice 573 Report

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-20V166-7014.pdf 179.728KB

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Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2020-4

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Update: Recall 20V-166 Replace Brake Reservoir Cover

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

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Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=20V166&docType=RCL

 


 

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