BMW Issues Recall For 3 Series Sedans & Sports Wagons Due To Lighting Issues

BMW Issues Recall For 3 Series Sedans & Sports Wagons Due To Lighting Issues
2012 BMW 328i Brett Levin / Flickr CC BY 2.0

BMW of North America, LLC has recently launched a recall that potentially involves as much as 7,544 BMW 3 Series sedans and sports wagons due to some problems associated with the vehicles’ “lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment.” BMW says that they have not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the affected vehicles’ problem so far.

The affected vehicles carry model years between 2012 and 2015. These include the 2012-2015 BMW 320i, 320xi, 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi, and ActiveHybrid3 that were manufactured from October 20, 2011 to June 22, 2015 as well as the BMW 328d, 328xd manufactured from June 28, 2013 to April 21, 2015. Meanwhile, also part of the recall are the 2014-2015 BMW 328xi Sports Wagons that were manufactured March 21, 2013 to March 17, 2015 as well as the 2014-2015 BMW 328xd Sports Wagons manufactured from July 5, 2013 to April 21, 2015.


BMW says the problem was initially discovered last July 24 during a routine check of its Technical Service measures. It was found that after updating the software in a customer’s vehicle, both front amber parking lamps have stopped illuminated in conjunction with the headlamps. Moreover, the said software issue rendered the front side marker lamps of the affected vehicles “inoperative.” In addition, there is no warning message displayed in the instrument cluster. However, the turn signal function of the front side marker lamps is said to have remained operational. Nonetheless, BMW determined that the lighting issue may make the affected vehicles unsafe for driving in low light conditions or through darkness as it may increase the risk of a crash.

This led the company to conclude that the new software version had a possible bug. Several days later, BMW contacted dealers to instruct them not to perform any programming or coding until a revised software version has been released. The new software version was made available last August 3.

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BMW is expected to notify owners regarding this problem on October 9. A revised software will be uploaded to the affected vehicles, free of charge.

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