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BMW 535i Recall 13V407000

Exterior Lighting Concern

Recall Details

Increased resistance at the electrical contact points may cause damage to the ground terminal and housing of the connector. This can result in an intermittent or permanent loss of one or more rear lamp functions (tail, brake, turn-signal, reverse). Intermittent light operation reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the rear lamp bulb carriers to correct this concern.

Our Quick Take

One or more of the rear lamps (tail, brake, reverse, turn signal) may stop working intermittently or completely.

What Should You Do?

BMW will notify owners beginning in October 2013. If you notice any rear lights not working correctly, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call.

Electrical & Lights, September 11, 2013

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
September 11, 2013
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
134,100
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
13V407000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Summary
BMW is recalling certain model year 2008 through 2010 528i, 535i, 550i, and M5 passenger cars manufactured from March 1, 2007, through December 31, 2009. 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).
Consequence
Intermittent light operation reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear lamp bulb carriers free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during October 2013. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Notes
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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