BMW Recalls 2009 X5, X6 and R1200 RT Bike in the US
In the official notice, posted on the (NHTSA) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, the agency announced the following concerning the X5 and X6 models:
“The rear brake discs may not have been manufactured according to specifications. As a result, a reduction in braking performance at the affected rear wheel could occur.”
NHTSA continued explaining the possible consequence: “In an extreme case, the affected rear brake disc could break resulting in a loss of braking at the wheel increasing stopping distance and the risk of a crash.”
The R1200 RT motorcycle displays potential problems with the front brakes.
“BMW is recalling MY 2007-2009 R1200 RT motorcycles. Due to routing and assembly tolerances of the front brake lines, it is possible for the lines to be under strain. In combination with vibration during riding, the brake lines could develop a leak. The level of fluid in the front brake fluid reservoir could drop rendering the front brakes inoperative.”
The consequences, as always in such cases, can be deadly. “In the event that only the rear brakes were operational, severe loss of control during hard braking could result. This could result in a serious crash,” the NHTSA alert read.
BMW X5, X6 and R1200 RT owners are requested to contact their dealer as soon as possible or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for further instructions.