Problems With 2013 BMWs and 2012 Hyundai Veloster
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) is recalling 2013 BMW M5 and M6 models because of a “catastrophic engine failure” and is looking into complaints of exploding sunroofs in 2012 Hyundai Velosters.
The safety agency is blaming the engine failure in the BMWs on a manufacturing process error, according to Becky Donaldson in an article on AutomotiveDiscovery. She goes on to write:
This error apparently caused the oil pump’s driveshaft to actually separate from the rotor. If this happens there it leads to ‘a sudden loss of oil pressure causing the possibility of complete engine failure, resulting in an engine stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.’
Donaldson notes that prior to the recall, BMW had issue a “stop sale” notice in September, then filed its report on Oct. 5, soon after BMW identified the problem.
Nelson Ireson writes for The Washington Post Cars that the recall affects only those vehicles manufactured between July 19 and September 11, 2012. BMW will notify owners soon and will provide a free replacement of the oil pump, he writes.
If you own one of the affected cars, Ireson writes, you should not drive it at all until it has been serviced, because there may be no warning before the engine is irreparably damaged. Owners of those models can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or go to the NHTSA’s SaferCar website for more information.
Regarding the 2012 Hyundai Veloster sports cars, NHTSA has received 15 complaints of suddenly shattering sunroofs, Becky Donaldson writes for AutomotiveDiscovery. She quotes one of the complaints, by a woman who was driving home from getting her car’s first oil change and tire rotation:
‘All of the sudden there was a loud bang like a gunshot, and I heard something raining down on my car,’ reads the complaint, which is listed without any identifying information in the NHTSA database. ‘I looked in the mirror and saw glass flying everywhere… The glass was in my hair, down the back of my shirt and my pants.’
Paul Eng writes for ConsumerReports.org that more than half of the complaints said the roof-mounted glass broke for no apparent reason while they were driving their Hyundai Veloster. So far, the NHTSA has received reports of only minor scratches to drivers and passengers by falling glass shards, Eng writes.
NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigations and Hyundai engineers will delve into the problem to identify the cause, and help decide whether an official recall is needed, Eng writes. If there is a recall, it could affect nearly 18,000 Velosters. Eng notes that the Veloster was a Consumer Reports’ “Best Car for 2012” pick.