BMW has issued a voluntary recall of 528i, 535i, 550i, and M5 vehicles from the 2008, 2009, and 2010 model years. According to a bulletin posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects 134,100 cars manufactured between March 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009.
The recall stems from an electrical problem in those cars -- specifically, the electrical system that powers the lights at the rear of the vehicle, including the tail, brake, turn-signal, and reverse lights. The ground terminal and housing associated with that system may become damaged over time, meaning that the lights may occasionally go on the fritz. And as you might imagine, when an important item like the brake light fails to work, accidents can easily follow.
BMW's fix for the problem involves replacing the rear lamp bulb carriers. The automaker is prepping for the repairs now and expects to notify owners of the recall in October.
In the meantime, if you own one of the affected vehicles, you're encouraged to contact BMW customer relations at 800-525-7417 or CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com. Alternately, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about recall campaign #13V407000.