NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2003 BMW M3

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2003 BMW M3, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. REAR LAMP ILLUMINATION NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP09002

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: April 08, 2009
    • Date Closed: August 06, 2009
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting
    Exterior Lighting:Back Up Lights
    Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights
    Exterior Lighting:Tail Lights
    Exterior Lighting:Turn Signal

    Summary: In March 2009, the Office Of Defects Investigation (ODI) received a petition from Mr. Mark peters requesting an investigation of rear lamp failure in model year 2002-2005 BMW 3-series vehicles.an information request letter was sent to BMW in April 2009, and ODI received BMW's response in June 2009.the tail lamp assembly contains lighting for the brake lamps, tail lamps, and turn signals.a technical service bulletin (tsb) was issued by BMW in January of 2007 instructing service technicians to examine an 8 pin electrical connector for heat-related damage and to incorporate additional ground wiring to the connector.complainants have alleged that significant thermal damage to the connector and associated ground wiring has occurred.this condition can result in intermittent or total loss of all lighting (brake, tail, and turn signal) for the effected rear lamp assembly.ODI will open a preliminary evaluation to further examine this issue including further evaluating BMW complaints and related warranty data.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #DP09002 »

  2. REAR LAMP ILLUMINATION NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE09036

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting
    Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights
    Exterior Lighting:Tail Lights
    Exterior Lighting:Turn Signal

    Summary: ODI has received complaints from consumers stating that their tail light assembly is not properly illuminating.the tail light assembly consists of a turn signal lamp, a tail lamp and a brake lamp.the complainants have indicated that the issue is with an 8 pin connector and associated ground wiring.these components are allegedly overheating and melting due to excessive electrical current that runs through the system.BMW issued a technical service bulletin (tsb) sib-630306 on February 2007 to address the condition by adding supplementary ground wiring to the tail lamp assembly.ODI is upgrading to an ea to further investigate the issue.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE09036 »

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