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How a News Tip on the Way to Starbucks Led to a BMW Recall

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"A woman approached me on her way to get coffee..."

WASHINGTON (AP) — German automaker BMW AG is issuing recalls involving about 150,000 luxury vehicles to fix faulty fuel pumps that could cause vehicles to lose power.

One recall involves 130,000 vehicles, including the 2007-2010 335i; 2008-2010 135i, 535i and X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupe; and 2009-2010 Z4 Roadster sDrive35i.

They have twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engines featuring BMW's direct fuel injection system. The company will replace high-pressure fuel pump and update software.

BMW recalled 20,800 2008 X5 Sports Activity Vehicles with inline six-cylinder engines to replace the low-pressure fuel pump. BMW said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries.

An ABC News investigation raised questions about the fuel pumps on Tuesday.

Editor's note:

TV Newser tells the story behind the story:

How is this a TVNewser story, you ask? Because the tip came in the old fashioned way, to a TV reporter who was recognized by a woman on the street as she was on her way to Starbucks.

“It was the viewers who brought this to my attention,” ABC News anchor/reporter Chris Cuomo tells TVNewser. “I was literally walking down the street when a woman approached me on her way to get coffee to complain about her faulty BMW.”

Here is Cuomo's report:

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