A few months ago, Toyota was under the spotlight as far as recalls were concerned. It seems, now BMW has joined the league too. If you own a BMW 5 Series or 5GT, do not trust your fuel gauge. If you do so, you may end up being stranded in the middle of nowhere. Owing to faulty fuel tank sensors, BMW has recalled the 2010-2011 models of the 5 Series and the 5 GT. According to the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, about 6,080 5-Series sedans and GT models built somewhere January 12 and July 1, 2010 are being recalled by the firm owing to the above mentioned faulty fuel tank sensor.
The sensors in the particular models wedge itself against the tank in certain cases, thus giving an inaccurate fuel level reading which may indicate that you have more fuel than what your car actually has. This may either result into an accident or being stranded in the middle of nowhere either of which is not desirable.
According to the NHTSA website, BMW has not yet found an apt solution for the issue. However, as soon as the firm finds the solution, customers can drive to their nearest BMW dealer to get their sensors fixed for free.
As the NHTSA website has announced that the problem has existed in so many vehicles, that there is a fair chance that the 5 Series/5GT models sold in India may face the same fuel sensor problem. However, BMW hasn’t officially confirmed the recall in India. If the problem does exist, expect BMW India to contact the respective owners for necessary repairs/replacements.