BMW has announced that they are recalling certain models of the 2008 through 2010 550I passenger cars manufactured from March 1, 2007 through December 31, 2009. They stated that 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. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.