The first recall applies to 241,000 BMW 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi models from the 2002 to 2005 model years that have been flagged for rear lamps (tail light, brake light and/or turn signal) that might stop working. The National Highway Traffic safety Administration says that if these signals don’t function, the driver won’t be able to warn other drivers of their next move, which increases the likelihood of an accident.
The second recall affects BMW X5 SUVs with diesel engines, and applies to models from the 2009 model year built between October 1, 2008 and June 12, 2009. There are 2,120 models included in the recall.
According to the NHTSA, the fuel filter heater, which warms up diesel fuel when it’s cold outside, could turn on permanently. NHTSA says the fuel filter heater could even stay on when the ignition is off, and cause the battery to die. Or, the heater could overheat and cause a fire.
Both recalls will begin in October, and BMW will notify you if your vehicle needs maintenance. If it does, a BMW dealer will replace parts for free. Contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417, or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or www.safercar.gov with further questions.
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