BMW is recalling almost 570,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a battery cable connector can fail and cause the engines to stall.

The recall affects the popular 3-Series sedans, wagons, convertibles and coupes from the 2007 through 2011 model years. Also included are 1-Series coupes and convertibles from 2008 through 2012, and the Z4 sports car from 2009 through 2011.

The cable connectors and a fuse box terminal in the cars can degrade over time, and that can break the electrical connection between the trunk-mounted battery and the fuse box at the front. If that happens, the cars could lose electrical power, causing the engines to stall unexpectedly, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted on its website Saturday.

The company says in documents sent to the NHTSA that the problem stems from movement between the battery cable and the fuse box.

BMW says it knows of one minor collision in Canada due to the problem, but no injuries.

The German automaker says dealers will replace the battery cable connector and secure it without charge. It will start notifying owners in March.

The 3-Series is BMW’s most popular car in the U.S., dominating the small luxury car market. The company sold nearly 100,000 of them in the U.S. last year.

The recall affects more than 504,000 cars in the U.S. and another 65,000 in Canada.

BMW, Toyota and other automakers have experienced large recalls in recent years because they use common parts on multiple models in order to save money. – Sapa-AP

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2 thoughts on “BMW recalls 570,000 vehicles in US and Canada on issue with battery cable connector

  1. Kurt du Plessis

    The above problem occurred twice to me in my 2005 BMW 118i. Firstly during Q4 2011 ( driving from Kbly to Jhb at night, and dash board lights all started to flicker…specifically engine and airbag lights and with clicking noises with total power loss and vehicle came to a standstill- vehicle was towed to Kbly Sovereign Motors and I waited for more than a week for fault to be detected), and then during Q1 2012 (my vehicle refused to start and when BMW on call tested the battery it was not flat…vehicle was towed from my Jhb home to Club Motors Randburg who returned my vehicle to me a week later. In all of the above two cases, BMW Motorplan covered the repairs and the service I received from BMW On-call was impeccable. Thank you BMW.. (I am so glad I extended my Motorplan to 7 years, else the above would have been at my own cost! The 118i’s Motorplan expired during July 2012 @ max 7-year allowed period although my car was at 80000km then)

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