BMW R 18 Series Motorcycles Face Safety Recall

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BMW of North America LLC has just announced a voluntary safety recall affecting its entire fleet of 2021 through 2024 BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental motorcycles.

BMW R 18 Series Motorcycles Face Safety Recall

This move, reported first by RideApart.com, comes in response to potential issues with the headlamps on these bikes.

The crux of the problem lies in the low-beam reflectors. Over time and regular use, the attachment points on these reflectors can potentially deteriorate and break. 

Now, you may ask, why is this a cause for concern? Well, if all the reflectors were to break, the light wouldn’t be reflected adequately

This could compromise the rider’s visibility and increase the risk of a crash

The broken reflectors could also produce glare towards oncoming traffic, further escalating the risk.

BMW R 18 Series Motorcycles Face Safety Recall
BMW R 18 Series get recall due to headlamp issues which create safety risks

According to the records of BMW North America, approximately 2,369 motorcycles are potentially affected by this issue, which covers 100% of the said models

The production dates for these bikes range from March 24, 2021, to December 28, 2023.

So, how does one identify if their bike is impacted? BMW suggests that riders might notice one or more of these signs: a rattling noise within the headlamp, a vibrating low beam, or a noticeable change in the illumination of the roadway.

While there have been eight customer complaints, 72 warranty claims, and 68 dealer field reports related to this issue, as of the recall date, BMW assures that there have been no reported accidents or injuries.

Though the remedy program for this recall is still under development, BMW has already alerted its dealer network about the situation. 

Owners can expect to receive notification letters via First Class mail around February 13, 2024

In the interim, BMW has issued a delivery stop notice, STOP630009, for both the R 18 Bagger and Transcontinental models, instructing dealerships not to sell, lease, or deliver any new motorcycles affected by this recall until the service has been performed.

For further information, owners can reach out to BMW North America customer service at 1-800-525-7417, or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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