PUBLISHES LIST OF JANUARY, 1999 RECALLS
Models: BMW 540i Year: 1999
BMW 540iAT Year: 1999
BMW 740iA Year: 1999
BMW 740iLA Year: 1999
Number Involved: 250
Dates of Manufacture: September - October 1998
Defect: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 5HP24
automatic transmission, premature wear of the ring gear can occur, leading to the loss of
1st, 2nd, 3rd, and reverse gears. If this problem occurs, the car may no longer operate in
reverse, lst, 2nd, or 3rd gears.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the
automatic transmission. Owner notification is expected to begin during February 1999.
Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at
[NHTSA Recall No. 99V005]
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.