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BMW is recalling certain 2022 and 2023 sportbikes for the potential of an oil leak from the bike’s clutch cover. The company’s recall includes the S1000 RR, M1000 RR, S1000 XR, and S1000 R.
BMW’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report to NHTSA
BMW’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 951 motorcycles may be affected.
In the report, BMW specifically says:
“This safety recall involves the mounting of the clutch cover. The clutch cover is attached with 10 bolts which are treated with a special wax-like lubricant to preclude corrosion. As certain bolts may not have been treated with this lubricant according to specification, the clutch cover may not have been mounted with the appropriate torque. Over time, this could allow the bolts to loosen. If one or more bolts loosened, this could result in oil leakage.”
Describing the safety risk, BMW says:
“If an oil leak occurred at the clutch cover, this could increase the risk of a crash, or could result in a thermal event.”
The “thermal event” term used in their report is “code” for a fire. While the term is accurate, it’s surprising that BMW would use such an abstract term in describing a safety risk. But the above is a direct quote from their report to NHTSA.
Sportbike defect description
BMW says that the clutch cover on the affected motorcycles uses 10 bolts which “..are treated with a special wax-like lubricant to preclude corrosion.” However, some of these bolts may not have been treated with the specified lubricant, so the clutch cover may not have been tightened to the correct torque. Over time, the bolts could loosen and result in oil leakage.
The bolts in question are a subcontracted item produced by:
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To date, BMW has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue.
The motorcycles affected by this recall were produced between May 9, 2022, and September 13, 2022, and are as follows:
- BMW M 1000 RR 2022
- BMW S 1000 R & & 2022 – 2023
- BMW S 1000 RR & & 2022
- BMW S 1000 XR & & 2022 – 2023
All motorcycles produced in the date ranges above are subject to this recall. Unfortunately, BMW did not specify the VINs of the affected bikes.
In its report to NHTSA, BMW said dealers have already been notified. Owners will begin to be notified On November 29, 2022.
BMW’s repair plan
BMW says it will ask owners to take their vehicles to an authorized BMW dealer. The dealer will then replace and re-torque all 10 bolts to the appropriate specification, free of charge.
For more information, owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) and cite NHTSA Campaign Number 22V750000, or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
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