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BMW, NHTSA Recall 243,000 Sedans, SUVs

| Sep 2, 2011

In a press release , the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), in conjunction with BMW of North America, announced two individual recalls that will affect almost a quarter of a million BMW sedans and SUVs.

The first recall announced by the NHTSA relates to 241,000 BMW 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi sedans of the 2002-2005 model years that were manufactured between September 2001 and March 2005. These vehicles are being recalled because the rear lamps, including both brake lights and turn signals, could spontaneously stop functioning. This could potentially increase the risk of a rear-end collision. Two investigations by the NHTSA's Office of Defect Investigations performed in 2009 indicated that the issue might have to do with the grounding wire in electrical circuits to the rear lamp assemblies.

The second recall announced solely affects about 2,120 of the 2009 BMW X5 SUVs that feature diesel engines. These vehicles may have a faulty fuel filter heater. The heaters are used to warm the diesel fuel on cold days, but may become electrically overloaded and cause the heater to remain on even after the ignition is placed in the "off" position. This malfunction could result in the draining of the vehicle's battery or overheat the component and result in a vehicle fire.

BMW plans on directly informing owners of these recalls beginning in October and notifying them to take their vehicles into local dealerships to have corrective repairs done.

As a Sumter car accident lawyer , I know the importance of having all safety features functional on your vehicle to prevent accidents. If you've been injured in an accident that may have been the result of a defective automotive part, it may be in your best interests to call an experienced personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about the legal avenues available to you.

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