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NHTSA Publishes List of June Recalls

5 August 1998

NHTSA 40-98
August 4, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a list of auto safety recalls announced in June and urged consumers to have the problems fixed promptly.

The list identifies the make and model of the vehicle or equipment involved, with a brief description of the safety problem.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under Federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.

Consumers can get up-to-the-minute information on safety recall campaigns, or information on the recall history of a particular make and model of car, truck, motorcycle or child safety seat, by calling the agency's toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236). The Hotline also can be used to report safety problems.


Bayerishe Motoren Werke (BMW)

540i Years: 1998
540iA Years: 1998
740iA Years: 1998
740iLA Years: 1998
750iLA Years: 1998

Number Involved: 1,100
Dates of Manufacture: November 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V142
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: The differential pinion shaft within the differential case assembly was produced without the appropriate surface hardening. This can result in the shaft experiencing premature wear. This condition will cause a noise from the differential and, ultimately, failure of the shaft and loss of power to the rear wheels.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the entire differential assembly. Owner notification is expected to begin the end of August 1998.
Owner Notification: Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.