The German based automaker BMW has recently announced a recall for the diesel-powered X5 vehicles in the United States, because of a fuel filter heater, which could lead to a fire.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 1,540 units of the BMW X5 will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the problem with the fuel filter heater fixed.

“The fuel filter heater, which is used for warming up the diesel fuel during vehicle operation at low outside temperatures, could experience an electrical overload condition and become permanently activated. The fuel filter heater could remain activated even when the ignition is off and lead to a dead battery. The unit could also overheat, possibly resulting in a vehicle fire”, as the NHTSA is saying in its press release.

The affected BMW X5 SUVs have been produced between June 13, 2009, and November 9, 2009, and they are coming as the X5 xDrive35d. The company’s dealers will replace the fuel filter heater at no charge to the owners. The recall is expected to begin on August 2013. Owners of the models can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.


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