BMW is voluntarily recalling 134,100 cars due to a faulty ground terminal in the taillight bulb carriers, causing the sudden failure of brake lights, turn signals and reverse lights. The recall covers 2008 through 2010 5 Series models produced between March 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009, and includes everything from the 528i to the mighty, V10-powered M5. It's unclear if this recall is limited to sedans or extends to the 5-Series Touring.

There have been no reported cases of injuries, fatalities or crashes associated with the taillight issue. BMW will be issuing recall notices to affected owners in the coming weeks, asking them to report to dealers so that the bulb carriers on the taillights can be replaced. All repairs are, naturally, free of charge. Scroll down for the official recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

BMW is recalling certain model year 2008 through 2010 528i, 535i, 550i, and M5 passenger cars manufactured from March 1, 2007, through December 31, 2009. Over time, increased resistance at the taillight electrical contact points may cause damage to the ground terminal and housing of the connector resulting in an intermittent or permanent loss of functionality of one or more rear lamp functions (tail, brake, turn-signal, reverse).

Intermittent light operation reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear lamp bulb carriers free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during October 2013. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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      Jim Davis
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL ... I worked on BMW's and I knew this recall was going to happen... wonder if they are going to add an additional ground to fix the issue? Just like the E46
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim Davis
        Yeah, the updated the part randomly a month ago. The new bulb carrier has a second ground that get plugged into the ground comb directly underneath it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing interesting to report from Autoblog I guess.....well my arse itches.
      • 1 Year Ago
      2008-2010 model year cars? 90% of them are probably in junkyard already.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully they never give them back and save my eyes the despair of seeing those hideous things on the road
      • 1 Year Ago
      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      A german car with electrical problems???? NO, say it is not so! BMW spends so much on advertising and plain old propaganda that people actually think that BMW are engineered better than any other car.....its BS. German cars are engineered differently, not better. As anyone who has been behind a BMW in the past 30 years has seen, almost every one has a burned out tail light, no matter how old it is. If this would have been an American car with this problem, the lemmings would be out screaming about inferior American quality......but of course they are no where to be seen.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A P
        My 12 year old 525i is on its original tail lamp bulbs, just for the record.
      • 1 Year Ago
      They did a massive recall for the same problem on the 3- series and it happened to 3 of my e46's. so I wonder why they didn't fix the problem with the 5-series.
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      Well, the ultimate driving machine is not Truth In Engineering, to be sure. Not that Audi is that much better with electrical gremlins. Amazing, however, that a bad ground terminal (how tough is it anyway to ground a taillight????) causes this much trouble.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 1 Year Ago
      Surprised you don't hear more recalls from the Germans. I had a 5 series and it was by far the most trouble prone car I've ever owned. Well, we had a late 90s Dodge Durango that was about as bad but you kind of expect with a Dodge. Finally sold the BMW with about 60k on the clock just out of fear over what was going to break next.
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