The NHTSA has taken this call to rectify insufficiently visible turn signals.

The German auto giant has made its latest recall and this time it has 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.

2016 BMW R 1200 GS / R 1200 GS Adventure
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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 motorcycle can help detect them in bad weather conditions even.

During bright summer days, the low voltage and bad reflectors of the turn indicators can lead to other road users not spotting the rider’s intentions to shift lanes or turn at intersections. This definitely increases the risk of accidents for no fault of either of the road users.

2015 - 2018 BMW R 1200 R
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BMW Motorrad’s headache this time is because of low visibility of their accessory turn signals that seem to affect other road users in noticing them. The signals fail to comply with NHTSA’s requirements under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

This recall affects 9,000 motorcycles of the following BMW models manufactured in North America from 2006 to 2017.

Affected BMW Motorrad models Year of manufacture
BMW F700GS 2017
BMW F800GS 2017
BMW F800GT 2013 - 2017
BMW F800R 2015 - 2016
BMW F800GS Adventure 2014 - 2017
BMW S1000R 2014 - 2016
BMW S1000RR 2010 - 2017
BMW R1200R 2015 - 2017
BMW R1200RS 2016 - 2017
BMW R1200GS 2006 - 2017
BMW R1200GS Adventure 2007 - 2008 and 2010 - 2017
2015 - 2018 BMW S 1000 RR
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BMW Motorrad North America have started notifying the owners and the dealers of the affected models and will begin the recall on October 9, 2017. The faulty accessory turn signals will be replaced 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

BMW Motorrad USA recalls multiple models for faulty accessory turn signals. Exterior
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