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The BMW scooter has already undergone a recall in the U.S.A.
Let's hope there aren't more, but just in case, I started this page to list any safety recalls as I learn about them.
In the U.S.A., vehicle owners can report issues directly to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) via the NHTSA Safety Complaints website.
The information is entered into the NHTSA database and if enough complaints for the same issue are received, they may start an investigation, up to and including a recall.
For the first BMW scooter recall, the issue is apparently the side panels, which can become loose when riding.
I first heard about this problem from a webBikeWorld BMW Scooter Blog reader in Canada.
I have not received a recall notice for my C 650 GT and, in fact, I've removed and replaced the side panels several times and they seem fine to me and have remained secure.
Here is the first recall notice from NHTSA:
BMW C600 Sport Maxi-Scooter. Report Receipt Date: December 3, 2012. Potential Number of Units Affected: 266.
Summary: BMW is recalling certain model year 2013 C600 Sport Maxi-Scooters manufactured August 7, 2012, through November 20, 2012.
Problem: The fasteners on the front side trim panels may have insufficient strength to retain the panels at high speeds. If the panel separates it could interfere with riding and handling of the scooter and increase the risk of a crash. The panel could also become a hazard for other road users.
Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will reattach the left and right front side trim panels with stronger "snap-lock" fasteners. The recall is expected to begin in January 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations (at) bmwusa.com.
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UPDATE From "J.T." (February 2013): "I went to the BMW shop for the recall to be enacted. After getting the bike back I wanted to see the changed plastic grommets. The old "Black" grommets are softer and more rubber type. The newer grommets are "White" are more plastic and hard. Her are some photos:
From "J.T." (January 2013): "An FYI for the Recall on the C600 Sport: The recall is specific to the 3 rubber grommets between the front screw to the back running along the top. If the grommets are black they are not changed; (if they are) white, (the) recall has been performed.
The wind, once over 100 mph, flows up the headlights and around the windscreen and pushes that area of the panel and pops it off.
I read this from the recall worksheet for the mechanics at the shop when I was getting my Titanium exhaust installed.
Another note is that you need Can-Bus error eliminators for error-free LEDs, or HIDís if you intend to use them on the bike, otherwise you get an error on the instrument panel that the lights are out."