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BMW Recalling Nearly 505,000 Vehicles In U.S. To Fix Cables


2009 BMW 3-Series

2009 BMW 3-Series

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BMW is conducting a voluntary safety recall involving nearly 505,000 vehicles in the Unites States over concerns that a battery connector cable can fail and cause engines to stall.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists the number of vehicles potentially affected in the U.S. at 504,545. A report in The Detroit News and other media outlets says that another 65,000 vehicles in Canada are also affected by the recall.

2012 BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertible

2012 BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertible

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Documentation from BMW (PDF) breaks down the recall population by model, manufacture date, and number of vehicles affected as follows:

  • 2008 through 2012 BMW 1-Series coupes and convertibles - built from December 2007 through July 2011; 23,155 coupes/20,790 convertibles
  • 2007 through 2011 BMW 3-Series sedans, coupes and convertibles - built from March 2007 through July 2011; 297,000 sedans/76,330 coupes/68,935 convertibles
  • 2007 through 2011 BMW 3-Series sports wagons - built from March 2007 through June 2011; 7,310 sports wagons
  • 2009 through 2011 BMW Z4 roadsters built from  March 2009 through June 2011; 10,020 roadsters

2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe

2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe

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The problem

At issue is a battery cable connection with a fuse box may degrade over time. This could cause the engine to fail to start, experience a momentary (less than one second) engine shutdown, or stall during operation, thus increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW became aware of the condition in July 2010 as a result of two field reports involving a 3-Series vehicle that failed to start. After subsequent additional reports were received for a no-start condition, BMW analyzed the situation and issued a service bulletin to dealers to address the issue.

In March 2012, Transport Canada submitted a public complaint to BMW of an alleged loss of electrical power and engine stall. Subsequent complaints and a warranty claim prompted BMW to intensively investigate and analyze the matter to determine a root cause and remedy.

To-date, BMW said it has received one report of an alleged accident that was provided by Transport Canada, but no reports of any injuries related to the issue.

2011 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sports Wagon 328i xDrive AWD Angular Front Exterior View

2011 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sports Wagon 328i xDrive AWD Angular Front Exterior View

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What BMW will do

BMW will notify owners and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector with an improved version, as well as secure the fuse box using a vibration-safe method. The service work will be performed at no charge. The BMW safety recall campaign is expected to begin during March 2013.

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

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In the meantime, owners of BMW vehicles affected by the recall with any questions or concerns may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V044000.

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