The german company, BMW is recalling model year 2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d diesel sport utility vehicles in order to replace defective electronic fuel filter preheaters.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects 2120 vehicles manufactured between October 1, 2008 and June 12, 2009 to replace fuel filter preheaters to warm the diesel fuel on especially cold days. Because of a defect, the part may become overloaded, leading to the heater staying on permanently. This could lead to the battery draining, or even a fire in the worst case scenario.
“THE FUEL FILTER HEATER COULD REMAIN ACTIVATED EVEN WHEN THE IGNITION IS OFF AND LEAD TO A DEAD BATTERY. THE UNIT COULD ALSO OVERHEAT, POSSIBLY LEADING TO A VEHICLE FIRE.“
The German company will send out notifications to owners of affected vehicles in October and recall the fuel filter heater free of charge at dealerships.
For further information, contact the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration’s safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) and reference campaign number 11V441000. Owners can also contact BMW’s customer service line directly at 1-800-525-7417.