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BMW ISSUES BIKE RACK SAFETY RECALL


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Immediate update for X3 and X5 hitch-mounted carriers

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - October 4, 2007... BMW has issued a voluntary recall of its Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier, which has been available as a BMW accessory since 2004. A pinch point exists between the bike arm bracket and the upright assembly of the rack. When moving the bike arm bracket to its down position, this pinch point has the potential of causing serious or severe injury to a finger or hand. To correct the potential problem, a retrofit kit must be installed.

BMW has instructed all its dealers to identify their customers who purchased the bike carrier and to provide their contact information to BMW. BMW will then contact each customer directly. Customers who purchased the bike carrier are encouraged to contact BMW or their BMW Center as soon as possible. All new and unsold inventories will be updated with the retrofit kit prior to retail sale.