BMW Recalls C600 For Brake Design Flaw

WOODCLIFF LAKES, NJ–BMW has issued a recall for the 2015 to 2018 C600 Sport and C650 Sport scooters as well as for 2015 to 2018 C650 GT with a diesel powertrain. A total of 2,707 units (697 Sports and 2,010 GTs) are potentially affected. BMW says it has detected the source of the problem a possible brake fluid leak in the hose.

The hose, says BMW, may develop a leak as a result of a “flexural fatigue crack that could be induced after repeated cycling of the handlebars to the maximum left position.” In other words, repeated twisting of the headstock of the scooters to the left to lock it in place—like you do on a motorcycle—could cause the brake hose to crack or get damaged at the connection.

The result is a leak of brake fluid that in turn would cause a decrease in effective braking. BMW has specified that only the front brake is involved in the problem because the rear brake is managed by the hand brake. Owners of the units could see a puddle of brake fluid under the scooter or decrease in brake fluid level.

Owners are encouraged to visit a BMW dealer where the hose will be replaced and reinforced with an EPDM sleeve. People who have done the repair at their own expense are eligible for a refund of their costs.

BMW of North America will send the recall notice to owners at the end of the month, people with questions or who wish to have their VIN verified can contact the customer service at 1-800-831-1117. The NHTSA assigned recall number 19V-157 to this issue.

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David Kiley is Chief of Content for The BRAKE Report. Kiley is an award-winning business journalist and author, having covered the auto industry for USA Today, Businessweek, AOL/Huffington Post, as well as written articles for Automobile and Popular Mechanics.