The National Highway Safety Administration has announced the recall of both Mercedes Benz and BMW cars from 2007-2012. According to the agency, nearly 284,000 Mercedes Class C sedans have been found to have electrical problems involving taillights, causing the bulbs to dim or fail, leaving drivers vulnerable to rear-end collisions. Owners are expected to receive preliminary letters by June, although parts will not be available until August or September. At that time dealers will replace the bulb holders for free and replace any corroded connections.
The NHTSA has also reported problems with 4 aluminum bolts within the housing of BMW engine camshaft timing adjustment units (intake and exhaust cams) that can loosen or break causing internal oil leaks and “misadjusted” camshafts. When this happens, the vehicle’s ECU will detect the problem and place the engine on “limp home mode.” BMWs affected (according to year) include: 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, X5 xDrive 30i; 2011 335i xDrive sedans, 335i coupes and convertibles, 528i and 535i sedans, xDrive 228i and xDrive 35i; 2011-2012 135i convertibles and coupes, 335i sedans X5 xDrive and 35i X6 x Drive vehicles; 2010-2011 128i coupes and convertibles, 328i (all variants), and Z4S Drive 30i; 2010-2012 535i Gran Turisimo; and 2012 640 coupes and convertibles.
BMW will remedy the situation by replacing the bolts at no cost to owners. The automaker will also extend the warranties for 2010-2012 models not included in the recall. Owners will be provided with more details next month.
In the meantime, consumers with questions about either recall can contact their local dealers or call the NHTSA at 888 327-4236.