BMW Recalls New 2011 5 Series for Fuel-Level Sensor Malfunction

BMW's latest 5 Series has sold beyond expectations but the mid-sized luxury sedan has already been hit with a recall notice.

Today's recall problem can be found in the 5 Series' fuel tank, where a faulty fuel-level sensor can get stuck against the tank and inaccurately read the amount of gas available for consumption. 5 Series afflicted with this issue will indicate a higher fuel level on the instrument panel, and drivers who may not actively monitor their tripmeters and fuel usage could possibly run dry on the road. Since the sensor can't give an accurate reading, the low-fuel indicator would never illuminate as well.

In all, BMW is recalling around 6400 5 Series in the United States and 5000 to 6000 examples in China, according to BMW spokesperson Frank Strebe. Dropping the gas tank and replacing part of the sensor would take about half a day.

Through June, the 5 Series is BMW's third-best-selling model at 15,846 units sold year-to-date. Last month, 3865 5 Series were sold, good for a 40.2-percent increase over the same period last year.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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