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BMW Recalling at Least 130,000 Cars, SUVs to Fix Fuel Pumps

It seems that 2010 has been the year of recalls. Perhaps BMW felt that once just wasn't enough. Just hours after an ABC News investigation highlighted problems with a defective fuel pump, BMW has issued a recall.

This current BMW recall is a voluntary recall of 130,000 vehicles. The recall involves problems with the fuel pump in vehicles that feature the High Precision Injection, twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engines and direct fuel injection systems.

In a statement released by BMW, the automaker said, “affected vehicles may experience a failure of the high-pressure fuel pump,” The New York Times reports. The problems could also cause trouble starting the engine and cause the check engine light to activate. BMW expects that around 40,000 vehicles will need a new fuel pump and some may require a software update.

The recall involves the following vehicles:

  • 2007-2010 BMW 335i
  • 2008-2010 135i
  • 535i and X6
  • xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes
  • 2009-2010 Z4 roadsters with sDrive35i

In a separate BMW recall, the automaker is also recalling approximately 20,800 X5 SUVs to replace the low-pressure fuel pumps.

Before fuel pumps stop working, drivers may notice that the engine takes longer than normal to crack, the check engine light may come on and drivers may notice a reduction in driving performance. Fuel pump problems can be serious, as the engine can stop and the driver will lose power for steering and brakes. If a car loses power while on the road, drivers should pull over as quickly as safety allows.

So far, no injuries have been reported in connection with the recall. BMW plans to contact owners of affected vehicles in the coming weeks. Customers that experience related problems should contact BMW.

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