Prevention is always better than the cure.
The latest recall statement issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says BMW will be issuing a recall on a total of 154,472 units. Of these, 136,188 are on US soil with the remainder across the border in Canada. When recalls are issued and the releases contain the words "fuel" and "leak" and "hot" then it's best to get things sorted out ASAP because when those things combine the results can be rather undesirable. That's quite a few cars that could end up in flames.
Luckily there have been no reports of injury or death from this problem but it's always best to have these things fixed before one pops up. The recall pertains to wiring for the fuel pump that have been improperly crimped. These can become a loose connection and that improper contact can cause the connector to melt, and in turn a fuel leak. If the offending wires melt off and the fuel pump loses power, that can result in the car stalling, and depending on where you are on the road when that happens, things can go very wrong, very fast. BMW has jumped on the issue and the recall is set to kick off on December 5.
Under the recall, affected BMWs will need to spend a few hours in the workshop and the fuel pump module will be replaced at BMW's cost. The recall is for quite a few models produced between 2007 and 2012, these include a bunch of X5s, X6s, and 5 and 6 Series models. We wonder if the issue behind the recall has anything to do with an outbreak of fires that claimed multiple BMWs in South Korea not long ago.