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If you have final drive issues with your BMW motorcycle, or know someone who does, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation. Now is the time for you to contact them and let them know about your final drive problems. See below.

Subject: NHTSA Opens Investgation into BMW Final Drive Failures
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 07:46:00 -0800
From: Chris <[email protected]>

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(IF SOMEONE COULD PLEASE CROSSPOST THIS TO OTHER SITES, I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT)

After over 145 individual complaints filed between April 2001 and August 2011, the NHTSA has finally opened its first official investigation into the failure of crown gear bearings on BMW models equipped with the Paralever style final drive. NHTSA investigation DP12001 opened 1/20/12 is centered on 1999-2005 K1200LTs for now. But, if the findings are what we all believe they will be, the scope of the investigation should be expanded. I found the only way to get NHTSA to listen and focus was to pepper its director, David Strickland, with repeat letters as well as inquiries from WA Senator Patty Murray who chairs the subcommittee over funding for the NHTSA. If you have had a final drive failure on your Paralever equipped BMW, and have NOT already reported it to the NHTSA, I urge you do it now.

You will need your VIN, (est.) date of failure and mileage. State your model as well. While they should be able to identify from VIN, their data was wrong 50% of the time. Specify if gear oil leaked.

www.safercar.gov or call (888) 327-4236 or mail to:

NHTSA
Office of Defects Investigation (NVS-210)
West Building
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington DC 20590

In your complaint, select "Power Train" as the component and reference that you have had the same failure as described in ODI No. 10439549, and currently being investigated under Campaign DP12001.

Send an email to your Congressman and US Senator to follow up on your behalf
as well.

Chris Cimino
 
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