Safety Recall: Essential Safety Information for BMW R 18 Series Owners
BMW of North America, LLC is recalling a number of its motorcycles due to a headlight issue that compromises visibility. This recall specifically involves the BMW R 18 B, and R 18 Transcontinental models produced between 2021 and 2024 and equipped with adaptive headlights. The problem lies in the attachment points of the headlight's low beam, which may break. This defect could lead to the reflector shifting out of its intended position, resulting in weakened illumination.
Compliance and Safety Concerns
This issue brings the affected motorcycles into non-compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, titled "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." The standard is crucial for ensuring that vehicle lighting provides adequate visibility and does not impair the vision of other road users. The insufficient illumination from the headlight poses a hazard, as it can both reduce the rider’s visibility and potentially cause glare for oncoming traffic, elevating the risk of accidents.
Recall Details and Scale
The recall affects an estimated 2,369 units. BMW has initiated this recall to address the potential safety risks posed by this issue.
Planned Remedial Measures
As of now, BMW is in the process of developing a remedy for this problem. The company plans to start sending out notification letters to owners of the affected motorcycles on February 13, 2024. Until a remedy is available, owners of these motorcycles should be aware of the potential risks associated with the headlight issue.
Customer Guidance and Support
Motorcycle owners who may be impacted by this recall are advised to contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 for further information and guidance. Additionally, they can reach out to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or visit www.nhtsa.gov for more details.
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