German automaker BMW AG will recall around 6,000 imported BMW X5 cars on the Chinese mainland due to the possibility of fuel pump failures, according to a statement posted on the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
The recall starting on Nov. 15 will involve the BMW X5 3.0 cars produced from Nov. 11, 2007 to Aug. 30, 2008.
Abnormal wear caused by carbon brushes pressing tightly against the commentators inside the fuel pump motor (mounted inside the fuel tank) may lead to fuel pump failure, causing the car not to start. If the fuel pump stops working while the car is running, the engine will suddenly stop.
Meanwhile, the car will lose power assist for the steering and brakes and would require much more strength from the driver though the steering and brakes are still working, posing a security risk, the AQSIQ said.
BMW (China) Trading Co., Ltd. will replace the fuel pumps at no charge to owners. Owners can contact BMW’s franchised dealers in China for repair, or call its hotline, 400-800-6666 for information.
In late October, BMW China issued a statement, saying “Regarding the BMW X5 recall in the U.S. market, currently, BMW China is communicating with the relevant government authority about the quantity and solution, and the detailed recall information will be released through the official government channel soon.”