bmw motorrad usa gets a second recall in a span of two weeks.

The NHTSA has taken this call to rectify insufficiently visible rear reflectors.
by Sagar, on October 10, 2017, 14:30

A couple of weeks ago, the German auto giant had made a huge recall for the affected eleven models in the product line-up manufactured from 2006 through 2017. In total, this recall will affect close to 9,000 units that have been accessorized with the faulty turn signals which seem to be of lower standards than what the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) require.

Now, the same institution has issued another recall for two of its models, the 2014-2016 F800GT and the 2015-2016 F800R for improper reflectors, which fail to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

All road users, especially motorcyclists must make sure of their presence on the road to other users in order to avoid any untoward incidents. Having a well-lit and a well-reflected motorcycle can help detect them in the dark and bad weather conditions even.

During the dark nights, especially, bad reflectors that are either not reflective enough nor are visible on the motorcycle can lead to other road users not spotting the bike in their way. This definitely increases the risk of accidents for no fault of either of the road users.

BMW F 800 R

This issue has crawled into the brands F800GT and F800R models whose rear side reflex reflector could be partially blocked by the exhaust silencer. This obstructs the FMVSS’s photometric requirements per Table XVI-a at the mounted position on the motorcycle for a 20L/20R entrance angle.

The reason this has happened is because of a license plate size requirement required by Chinese regulations that led to the design change of the bracket. This inadvertently
affected US specification models which places the reflector slightly behind the exhaust unit.

BMW F 800 GT

This recall affects 1,478 motorcycles of the following BMW models manufactured in North America from 2014 to 2016.

Affected BMW Motorrad models Year of manufacture
BMW F800R 2014 - 2016
BMW F800GT 2015 - 2016

A stop sale is being announced by BMW Motorrad for the F 800 GT and F 800 R.

BMW Motorrad North America have started notifying the owners and the dealers of the affected models and will begin the recall on November 13, 2017. The faulty license plate holder will be modified to reposition the rear side reflex reflector for free of charge and should not take them more than a couple of hours to rectify it.

Apart from this, Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to