BMW of North America has issued a recall on certain GS models as well as other non-GS models for a brake light issue. Approximately 906 GS motorcycles, for the 2020 model year, may be affected by the recall issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. BMW GS models affected by the recall are the R1250GS, R1250GS Adventure, F850GS, F850GS Adventure, and F750GS. Another 3,120 non-GS models (F900R, F900XR, R1250R, R1250RS, RnineT, RnineT Pure, RnineT Scrambler, S1000R, S1000RR, K1600B ) may also have the same recall issue for a total of 4,026 units affected.
According to the defect report, certain vehicles were produced for the US market with an emergency stop signal function which causes the brake lamp to flash during emergency braking, instead of remaining steady. While allowed in certain markets, brake lamps in the US must remain “steady burning” in accordance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS). BMW has identified the specific models where this emergency stop signal programming, which would remove this function, was not included in the build configuration.
What Could Happen:
The NHTSA notes a flashing stop lamp during emergency braking could be misinterpreted by a driver following the affected motorcycle. Confusion to other drivers on the road could increase the risk of a crash. BMW has not yet received any reports, nor is BMW otherwise aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
Models Affected By Recall:
|BMW Motorrad||F850GS Adventure||2020|
|BMW Motorrad||R1250GS Adventure||2020|