Nearly a quarter-million vehicles are recalled by the German company BMW. This recall was initiate due to a pair of potential safety problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced, making it one of the biggest safety-related recalls by the German maker.
With 241,000 vehicles recalled, 3-Series models represent the most significant problem. This recall involves 3-Series models built between 2001 and 2005 that could experience failures of the tail lights, rear brake and turn signal indicator lamps. The problem appears to be due to corrosion on electrical contacts.
Certain models designated 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi are involved. The potential defect could make it difficult for other motorists to see the vehicle or determine when the vehicle is changing lanes or stopping and this could result in a car crash, in the worst case scenario.
“Remedy: BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417. “
In addition, the German company BMW is also recalling more than 2,000 X5 diesel models due to problems with a fuel filter heater that could cause a fire.
This recall target 2,120 BMW X5 xDrive 35d models sold during the 2009 model-year. It seems the fuel pre-heater, a component that’s vital to proper starting of diesel engines at low temperatures, may have gone haywire.
If so, it can be jammed in a constant “On” state which would either lead to your battery being killed quite rapidly or, and this is the worst case scenario, to your BMW X5 catching fire.
The maker plans to notify owners of vehicles impacted by the two recalls in the coming weeks to schedule repairs. Fixes will be made without charge.