WASHINGTON – BMW of North America LLC is recalling 2,120 model-year 2009 X5 xDrive35d vehicles equipped with a diesel engine and manufactured from Oct. 1, 2008 through June 12, 2009.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel filter heater could experience an electrical overload condition and become permanently activated. Because the fuel filter could remain activated even when the ignition is off, this condition could lead to a dead battery. The unit could also overheat, posing a fire risk.

BMW dealers will replace the fuel filter heater free of charge. The fuel filter heater is used for warming up the diesel fuel during vehicle operation at low outside temperatures.

This safety recall is expected to get under way in October.

Vehicle owners can contact BMW at (800) 525-7417.