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BMW Recalling Nearly 250,000 Cars, Crossovers

Maker responding to taillight, diesel problems.

by on Sep.01, 2011

BMW recalls the X5 diesel.

BMW is recalling nearly a quarter-million vehicles due to a pair of potential safety problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced, making it one of the biggest safety-related recalls by the German maker.

The most significant problem involves 3-Series models built between 2001 and 2005 that could experience failures of the tail lights, rear brake and turn signal indicator lamps.  The problem appears to be due to corrosion on electrical contacts.

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Meanwhile, BMW is also recalling more than 2,000 X5 diesel models due to problems with a fuel filter heater that could cause a fire.

The faulty lamp problem impacts 241,000 3-Series vehicles sold in the 2002 to 2005 model-year.  Certain models designated 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi are involved.  The potential defect could make it difficult for other motorists to see the vehicle or determine when the vehicle is changing lanes or stopping.