BMW Recalls More Than 500,000 Cars, Including 2007-'11 3 Series


  • 2011 BMW 3 Series Picture

    2011 BMW 3 Series Picture

    BMW is recalling more than 500,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2007-'11 3 Series. | February 19, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • BMW is recalling 503,640 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2007-'11 3 Series, because of a cable problem that could lead to stalling.
  • The recall also includes the 2008-'12 BMW 1 Series coupe and convertible and the 2009-'11 BMW Z4.
  • The recall is expected to begin in March.

WASHINGTON — BMW is recalling 503,640 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2007-'11 3 Series, because of a cable problem that could lead to stalling, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall also includes the 2008-'12 BMW 1 Series coupe and convertible and the 2009-'11 BMW Z4.

"The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle. If there is a loss of electrical power to the vehicle, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash."

The recall involves 2008-'12 1 Series coupes and convertibles built from December 2007 through July 2011; 2007-'11 3 Series coupes and convertibles built from March 2007 through July 2011; 2007-'11 3 Series sedans built from March 2007 through October 2011; 3 Series sports wagons built from March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-'11 Z4s built from March 2009 through June 2011.

BMW told federal safety regulators it "has received one report of an alleged incident provided by Transport Canada, but has not received any reports of injuries related to this issue."

BMW dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method. The recall is expected to begin in March. Owners can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

Edmunds says: There is a bit of a delay as BMW dealers wait for parts to complete this recall.

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