BMW recalling more than 134,000 5-Series cars in US
According to a Friday post on the US the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, more than 134,000 5-Series cars are being recalled by BMW in the US due to an issue with the vehicles' rear lights.
The BMW 5-Series cars which are affected by the recall include 528i, 535i, 550i, and M5 cars, from model years between 2008 and 2010. The affected cars were manufactured during the period from March 1, 2007 to December 31, 2009.
About the reason behind the recall of 5-Series cars by BMW in the US, the NHTSA said that the recall is rooted in the fact that increased electrical resistance can damage connections to the lights. The damaged connections can lead to the failure of the affected cars' tail-lights, brake turn-signal, or backup lights.
While the NHTSA said that the loss of lights can increase the risk of a crash involving the affected BMW 5-Series vehicles, BMW has said in documents filed with safety agency that there have, thus far, been no reports of any accidents or injuries resulting from the `loss of lights' problem.
Noting that BMW does not believe that the problem plaguing the recalled vehicles is an unreasonable safety risk, the automaker said in its documents that the cars give drivers visual and audible warnings if the problem occurs. The company further added that its decision to recall the affected vehicles chiefly stems from a precedent set by a 2011 recall for a similar issue.