Recalls: Certain BMW 1-Series ActiveE recalled for improper lubrication

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall in conjunction with BMW of North America for certain 2011 1-Series ActiveE electric cars. The ones of concern were made between August 17t, 2011 and December 19, 2011.

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The issue lies with “insufficient” sealing of the drivetrain housing assembly. There may be a lack of grease lubrication on the main gear shaft between the electric motor and the transmission. The result is a premature wear that can cause a sudden loss of propulsion.

BMW will notify all owners by telephone and cars affected will be inspected and updated.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

 

Report Receipt Date: JAN 17, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V017000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 360 
 
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
 
SUMMARY:

BMW is recalling certain model year 2011 1-Series ActiveE passenger vehicles manufactured August 17, 2011, through December, 19, 2011. Due to an insufficient sealing of the drivetrain housing assembly there may be a lack of grease lubrication on the gear shaft that transfers power from the electric motor to the transmission.

CONSEQUENCE:

Over time, the connection between the electric motor and the transmission may wear, possibly resulting in a sudden loss of vehicle propulsion. This could increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

REMEDY:

BMW will notify owners by telephone, and dealers will inspect the drivetrain connection and update the sealing system. Any worn electric motor gearing will be replaced. The recall is expected to begin in January 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

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.

– By: Chris Chin


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