Brake Fluid Cap Missing Information/FMVSS 122 – BMW Motorcycle Accessory Brake Fluid Reservoir Covers

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March 19, 2020 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20E013000

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: 20E013

Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 49

 

Summary

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain Motorcycle Accessory Brake Fluid Reservoir Covers, part numbers 8405-752, 8405-753, 8405-754 and 9829547 designed to fit certain 2019-2020 BMW R 1250 motorcycles, and part numbers 8404-098, 8405-100, 8405-102, and 1542056 designed to fit certain 2018-2020 BMW Rnine T 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 caps 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 is expected to begin September 2020. Parts will be available in mid-September 2020 for the recall repairs. 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.

 


IMPORTANT NON-COMPLIANCE RECALL

This notice applies to your motorcycle,

Recall Campaign No. 20E-013:  Dealer Accessory 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 dealer accessory brake fluid reservoir covers (for 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 cover.

 

Why are we contacting you?

We are informing you of a Non-Compliance Recall on the brake fluid reservoir cover that you may have purchased as a dealer accessory 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?

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

 


IMPORTANT NON-COMPLIANCE RECALLRemedy Available

This notice applies to your motorcycle, [INSERT VIN]

Recall Campaign No. 20E-013:  Dealer Accessory Brake Fluid Reservoir Cover

 

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 dealer accessory brake fluid reservoir covers (for 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 cover.

 

Why are we contacting you?

We are pleased to inform you that we are ready to perform this important Non-Compliance Recall.  If you purchased a dealer accessory brake fluid reservoir cover for your motorcycle, 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

 


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, 791, 79J , 79K

 

NHTSA STATEMENT

Please be reminded that it is a violation of federal law(Toe 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 Will not be available for an estimated 8-10 weeks.

Vehicles that are marked With the special defect code STOP340005 are subject toa 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, 791, 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 oover Which will bring the vehicle into compliance. The standard cover and 2FRU should be claimed using defect code 85 990037 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 nave 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, When parts are available, you Will need to contact the customer to provide them the updated part. A copy of the customer letter Will be provided to you in the near near  future to aid in this process.

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

Aftersales, Motorrad Dealer Direct, Recalls

 


Milled brake fluid reservoir cover – Recall 20E-013 (over the counter sales)

New milled brake fluid reservoir covers have recently been made available.  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.

 

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.

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, please contact these customers to inform them that parts are now available. A sample copy of the customer letter is attached to aid in the process.

 


18 Affected Products

Equipment

BRAND PART NO. PRODUCTION DATES
BMW BRAKE FLUID RES. COVER

 


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

 


9 Associated Documents

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

RCMN-20E013-5539.pdf 44.287KB

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

RCMN-20E013-2751.pdf 83.029KB

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

RIONL-20E013-7354.pdf 695.675KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-20E013-2099.pdf 244.597KB

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Non-Compliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-20E013-2697.PDF 214.373KB

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Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-20E013-5821.PDF 215.345KB

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Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-20E013-7739.pdf 658.849KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Media Release re Milled brake fluid reservoir cover – Recall 20E-013 (over the counter sales)

RCMN-20E013-6045.pdf 18.983KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2020-4

RCLQRT-20E013-1467.PDF 211.132KB

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Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=20E013&docType=RCL

 


 

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