- BMW is recalling 134,100 2008-'10 vehicles, including the BMW 528i, 535i, 550i and M5 to fix a taillight problem.
- A defect could result in intermittent or permanent loss of one or more rear lamp functions.
- The recall is expected to begin in October.
"Over time, increased resistance at the taillight electrical contact points may cause damage to the ground terminal and housing of the connector, resulting in an intermittent or permanent loss of functionality of one or more rear lamp functions (tail, brake, turn-signal, reverse)," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Intermittent light operation reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions, increasing the risk of a crash."
BMW told federal safety regulators it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.
The affected vehicles were built from March 1, 2007 - December 31, 2009.
BMW dealers will replace the rear lamp bulb carriers. The recall is expected to begin in October. Owners can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or e-mail BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Edmunds says: This recall should begin shortly, so make arrangements to take your BMW in for the repair as soon as you receive your notification letter.