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    NHTSA's R1200 Fuel Leak Investigation

    There has been some action in NHTSA's Preliminary Evaluation of R1200 fuel leaks. NHTSA sent an 8 page letter to BMW NA asking for all kinds of data. You can download the letter here. Type PE12036 in the QUICK SEARCH - NHTSA Action Number box and click Search. On the subsequent page click on Document Search and open the item IR TO MFR.
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    Great Information!

    Thank you for keeping all of us informed!

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    Thumbs up

    Here is a direct link to the document: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs...2036-54387.pdf

    My WAG - this has gotten BMWs attention. Aside from the potential for fines and penalties, and bad publicity, it also opens up the potential for personal-injury lawsuits if a bike goes flambe'.

    I think this will result in something happening. Indeed - Karl, thanks for keeping us all informed!
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    Despite being a German and a fan of BMW, I agree that this is good news.
    It is very clear that BMW has lowered it's customer service to an unacceptable low level and is hurting not just it's own brand but all other German products via association.

    The issue is not that there might be a unreliable part(s) in a product, but rather the way a company deals with such issues and the customers effected.

    Dragging them through the media and putting it in the public eye will hurt them far more then any fines given.
    Hopefully BMW will now take some real action to recover it's reputation.
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    What does MY stand for?

    I notice the part # is the same as my 2011. But their letter only deals with model year up to 2008??

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    Quote Originally Posted by 141987 View Post
    What does MY stand for?

    I notice the part # is the same as my 2011. But their letter only deals with model year up to 2008??
    Answered your own question, I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 141987 View Post
    What does MY stand for?

    I notice the part # is the same as my 2011. But their letter only deals with model year up to 2008??

    Dave McDougall
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    Dave,

    According to their letter, NHTSA has only received complaints from owners of 05 - 08 bikes. Newer machines have not had enough time to exhibit the failure. I recommend you contact NHTSA with your concern. There's a contact phone number in the last paragraph of the letter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    I think this will result in something happening. Indeed - Karl, thanks for keeping us all informed!
    I wouldn't mind getting reimbursed for the cost to fix mine on the way to the MOA Rally last year. Wasn't cheap, not to mention trip interuption, getting trailer dragged 100 miles and back. First time in 50 plus riding years on BMW that I've been broken or in an 'unsafe to ride' situation. It was an adventure but I'd certainly prefer not to have had that happen....
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