BMW has issued a recall on certain versions of its X5 SUV due to an issue that could cause the vehicles to catch on fire. The recall only affects X5 xDrive35d models from the 2009 and 2010 model years, and then only those built from June 13, 2009 through November 9, 2009.

BMW says that a potential 1,540 owners are affected by the latest recall in the U.S. alone.

The cause of the issue is a faulty fuel filter heater. This is used for warming up the diesel fuel during vehicle operation at low outside temperatures. The faulty units could experience an electrical overload condition and become permanently activated, even with the ignition is switched off.

Should this occur, owners may experience a dead battery or a potential fire if the unit were to overheat.

BMW is in the process of notifying affected owners. Their local dealer will replace the faulty fuel filter heater, free of charge.

For further information you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall campaign number 13V339000) or BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or at the email address [email protected].


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