Recall Alert: More Than 500,000 BMW Cars

By Matt Schmitz  on February 18, 2013

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BMW is recalling 504,545 vehicles due to a problem in the electrical system that could cause unexpected stalling, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected cars include model-year 2008-12 1 Series coupes and convertibles manufactured between December 2007 and July 2011; 2007-11 3 Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through July 2011; 2007-11 3 Series sedans manufactured between March 2007 and October 2011; 2007-11 3 Series wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-11 Z4 roadsters manufactured between March 2009 and June 2011. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. The high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may break the connection, resulting in a loss of electrical power. This could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will begin notifying owners in March, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method for free. Owners with questions can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or email CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com. For more info, owners can call NHTSA's traffic safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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