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Vehicle Recalls

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Bayerische Motoren Werke

Models: BMW R1100 S Motorcycles Year: 1999

Number Involved: 700

Dates of Manufacture: April 1997 - October 1998

Defect: If the engine backfires during the starting process, it is possible that either the throttle body has loosened in its mount or disconnected from the mount. If this happens, the fuel line could be damaged or the line and injector could separate from each other, causing fuel leakage. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the fuel distribution unit with a revised design. In addition, the connection between the throttle body and the air inlet tube will be secured with two screws to prevent damage to the hose or injector should a backfire occur. Owner notification is expected to begin during late December 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117, Option #5.

[NHTSA Recall No. 98V294]

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.