In a news release Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that BMW is recalling certain 3 Series model vehicles due to an issue with the rear lights that could increase the likelihood of a crash.
Subject to recall are approximately 241,000 3 Series vehicles manufactured from September 1, 2001 through March 1, 2005 including certain 325I, 325XI, 330I, AND 330XI vehicles from model years 2002 through 2005.
The resistance in the electrical contacts of the affected vehicles may over time cause one or more rear lamp functions to stop working. Rear lamp functions include tail light, brake light and turn signal capabilities. If the rear lamp fails, other motorists may not be alerted to the vehicle driver’s intentions, posing an increased risk of a crash.
BMW will notify owners of the affected vehicles of the recall, which is expected to being during October. Affected vehicle owners will be able to take their vehicles to a dealer where needed repairs will be made free of charge.
As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, motorist safety is something that I am very aware of; I encourage owners of the recalled vehicles to arrange for any needed rear lamp repairs as soon as possible. Because of my experience as a product liability attorney, I know that the effects of a faulty product can range from inconvenience and frustration to injury and sometimes death. I hope that no one has been harmed as a result of the issue with the lamps.