A recall has been issued by BMW AG to repair the fuel-level sensors of about 12,400 new 5-Series sedans in the US and China. Of this number, there are 6,400 cars in the US and 5,000 to 6,000 vehicles in China. BMW spokesman Frank Strebe said that half a day will be required to replace a part of the fuel tank sensor.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said that a defect means that the fuel sensor could get wedged against the tank.
NHTSA said further that there is a risk of stalling because of the gas tank running on empty since the fuel gauge in the instrument cluster will display a higher amount of fuel than is actually present.
In the US, the new 5-Series that's priced from $44,550 doesn't have the flared headlights and small kidney-shaped grill of the previous version.
The model started selling in Europe in late March and in the US in June. In a June 23 interview, Sales Chief Ian Robertson said that the model had sold out. As a result, customers had to wait as long as four months for deliveries.
Earlier this month, BMW had to raise its 2010 sales and earnings forecast due to the high demand for the revamped 5-Series.
Rivals to this model include Mercedes's E-Class and Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus GS. Strebe added that that there had been 10 reported incidents in the US because of the defect. The NHTSA said that the affected vehicles were made from Jan. 12 through July 1, 2010.