Defective Bosch fuel pumps cause BMW to recall many 2014-2015 models.

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Defective Bosch fuel pumps cause BMW to recall many 2014-2015 models.

— BMW is recalling over 70,000 cars worldwide for problems with the Bosch fuel pumps, the fuel pumps that just caused Nissan to recall 95,000 crossover SUVs.

BMW says a long list of model year 2014-2015 vehicles are affected by the fuel pump recall.

  • 2014 BMW 228i Coupe
  • 2014 BMW M235i Coupe
  • 2014 BMW 320i
  • 2014 BMW 320xi
  • 2014 BMW 328i
  • 2014 BMW 328xi
  • 2014 BMW 335i
  • 2014 BMW 335xi
  • 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3
  • 2014 BMW 328xi Sports Wagon
  • 2014 BMW 428i Coupe
  • 2014 BMW 428xi Coupe
  • 2014 BMW 435i Coupe
  • 2014 BMW 435xi Coupe
  • 2014 BMW 428i Convertible
  • 2014 BMW 428xi Convertible
  • 2014 BMW 435i Convertible
  • 2014 BMW 328xi Gran Turismo
  • 2014 BMW 335xi Gran Turismo
  • 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe
  • 2015 BMW 428xi Gran Coupe
  • 2015 BMW 435i Gran Coupe

BMW first noticed fuel pump problems in mid-2014 when fuel pump warranty claims increased. Bosch, the maker of the fuel pumps, also noticed an increase in reports about the same fuel pumps. Between January and March 2015, Bosch identified the root cause of the fuel pump failures, and it all came down to nickel-plated particles.

Those particles can detach from the fuel pump's cover and move into a space between the impeller and the pump cover. The particles are enough to stop the impeller from rotating and cause fuel pump failure. If the failure occurs while driving, expect to call a tow truck.

BMW says the recall should begin on April 30, 2015. The only way to fix the fuel pump failures is to replace the fuel pump, which is exactly what BMW dealers plan to do.

If you own one of the many different vehicles named in the BMW fuel pump recall, contact the automaker at 800-525-7417.

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