BMW Motorrad is recalling 1,414 units of its 2012 BMW S1000RR superbike because of improperly manufactured connecting rod bolts. Due to a manufacturing process error, the connecting rod bolts could become loose during high engine temperatures and/or high engine operating speeds. If the bolts do come loose, the result could be a catastrophic engine failure (their words, not ours).
Affecting only bikes made between September 1, 2011 through April 10, 2012, BMW will contact affected S1000RR owners, and BMW dealers will replace the connecting rod bolts free of charge. This recall is expected to take place in May of 2012. Concerned owners can call BMW at 1-800-525-7417, while the NHTSA is available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.