Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (FRA:BMW) is recalling 134,000 of four models of its popular 5 Series mid-sized sedans in the United States due to the possibility of permanent outages of the vehicles’ rear lamps.  

The recall encompasses the following 5 Series models for the 2008 to 2010 model years: BMW 528i, BMW 535i, BMW 550i, BMW M5.

“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),” the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement, citing a report dated Sept. 10.

Following warranty dating as far back as 2008 on the BMW 5 Series sedans sold in the U.S., the company determined that they needed a “quality enhancement” to rear lamps. It was that enhancement that created the defect. There have been no accidents or injuries linked to the problem.

BMW of North America LLC has instructed dealerships to replace the troubled rear lamp bulb carriers free of charge beginning in October. No accidents or injuries linked to the problem have been reported.

Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at