In the second BMW recall this week, the automaker is now recalling certain model year 2002-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi vehicles over potential malfunction of the rear lights.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 241,000. Affected vehicles were manufactured from September 1, 2001 through March 1, 2005.
The NHTSA notice says that, “over time, resistance in the electrical contacts may cause one or more rear lamp functions (tail light, brake light, and/or turn signal)” to stop working.
While the condition may not seem all that major, it is concerning enough that the recall is warranted. Here’s why. If the affected vehicle’s rear lights are not working properly, or only working intermittently, it reduces the driver’s ability to warn others on the road about his or her intentions. “This could cause a vehicle crash without warning,” notes the NHTSA notice.
BMW will notify owners of the affected vehicles and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2011. Coincidentally, this is the same time frame the 2009 BMW X5 safety recall is expected to begin.
In the meantime, owners of model years 2002-2005 BMW 3-Series vehicles with questions or concerns may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.
Alternatively, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Refer to the NHTSA Campaign ID No.11V438000.