BMW North America has announced a recall for their 5 Series midsize sedan. In all, over 134,000 vehicles produced for the 2008-2010 model years, including the high-performance M5, will be recalled for an electrical issue.
More specifically, the German automaker estimates that about 15 percent of the vehicles being recalled have an issue with the rear bulb carrier. The defect can be traced back to an increased resistance at the electrical contact points within the taillights, which may damage the ground terminal, as well as the housing points of the connector. If this particular part isn't functioning properly, it could affect one or more of the rear lamps within the taillights. This could increase the risk of a rear collision, as well as injuries to all parties involved.
The latest BMW recall will have their authorized technicians inspect and replace the rear bulb carrier with a new type, all at no charge. Registered owners can contact their local BMW dealer for more information, or to schedule a service appointment. The recall is expected to begin next month, and owners will be notified by mail.