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NHTSA 05-98
Tuesday, December 2, 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Bayerische Motoren Werke


BMW R1100RSL Years: 1994-1996

Number Involved: 1,275
Dates of Manufacture: June 1993 - May 1996
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V173
Vehicle Description: Motorcycles.
Description of Defect: When the motorcycle is stationary, the engine should not be left running unnecessarily. If the engine is left running at an increased speed above idle while the motorcycle is at a standstill, the exhaust system temperature will rise considerably.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can increase the risk of a fire.
Corrective Action: Owners will be sent a warning label for their motorcycle and an owner's manual insert.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Oct. 30, 1997.
Note: Owners who take their motorcycles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117, Option #5.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.