BMW recently announced it is recalling certain 2009 X5 diesel crossovers. 2,120 vehicles manufactured between October 1st, 2008 and June 12th, 2009 are affected by the defect.
The root of the problem lies in the engine’s fuel filter heater, which is used to keep the fuel warm in cold, low temperature conditions. An electrical overload could cause the fuel filter heater to never turn off, even when the vehicle is off. This could drain the battery in a relatively short duration of time. In a worst-case scenario, the fuel could overheat and ignite, causing a fire, damage, injury and possibly lead to accidental death.
BMW is contacting owners and notifying dealers to replace the faulty fuel filter heaters at no cost to the owners.