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Bloomberg recently reported that BMW has initiated a recall “because of a rear- light defect it says may cause crashes.” This announcement affects over 240,000 vehicles in the U.S. According to the Bloomberg news report, the auto manufacturer said their recall is for “model years 2002-2005 of the 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi cars.” These vehicles were built between September 1, 2001 and March 1, 2005.

The notice from the NHTSA states that the electrical contact resistance can cause brake lights, turn signals, or tail lights to malfunction. Tail lights may work at some times, but not at others, the Bloomberg story explains. This malfunction “reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver’s intentions” and “could cause a vehicle to crash without warning,” the news source reports BMW explained.

Andreas Lampka, a BMW representative in Munich, said that the problem only involves BMWs sold in the United States, the news source reports. According to the recall report, “The defect has been fixed in 20,000 vehicles as part of regular maintenance.” According to Bloomberg, Lampka said no accidents have been attributed to this problem yet.

The Family Car Guide reports that a safety recall of these models was expected to begin this month. During this recall, dealerships will repair the malfunctioning rear lights for no charge.

The Bloomberg report also announced the recall of “120,000 diesel cars worldwide because of a defect that could cause filter heaters to keep running after engines are turned off.” Although this drains the battery during the winter months, it has not been known to cause any accidents.

This recall affects about 2,000 X5 SUVs in the United States, the BMW representative explains. The affected vehicles were manufactured between September 2008 and April 2009. Outside the United States, “some 1-, 5- and 7-Series cars are affected as well as X3 and X6 SUVs.”

If you or a loved one owns one of the affected BMW models and have experienced problems with the rear lights or filter heater, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with automobile recalls. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.


Greiling Keane, Angela and Chris Reiter. (September 1, 2011) “BMW Recalls 241,000 Cars in U.S. for Rear-Light Malfunction.” Retrieved on October 27, 2011 from Bloomberg.

Kane, Suzanne. (September 2, 2011) “2002-2005 BMW 3-Series: Recall Alert.” Retrieved on October 27, 2011 from Family Car Guide.