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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Bayerishe Motoren Werke (BMW)


540i Years: 1998
540iA Years: 1998
740iA Years: 1998
740iLA Years: 1998
750iLA Years: 1998

Number Involved: 1,100
Dates of Manufacture: November 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V142
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: The differential pinion shaft within the differential case assembly was produced without the appropriate surface hardening. This can result in the shaft experiencing premature wear. This condition will cause a noise from the differential and, ultimately, failure of the shaft and loss of power to the rear wheels.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the entire differential assembly. Owner notification is expected to begin the end of August 1998.
Owner Notification: Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

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.