BMW is recalling roughly 570,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada due to faulty battery cable connectors that can fail, causing the engines in these cars to stall. Of the nearly 570,000 affected vehicles, just over 504,000 are here in the US.

The affected vehicles include 1 Series coupes and convertibles (both 128i and 135i) from the 2008 to 2011 model years; 3 Series sedans, coupes, convertibles and sport wagons (both 328i and 335i) from the 2007 to 2011 model years; and Z4 roadsters from the 2009 to 2011 model years.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "the connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time," which can eventually lead to a break in the electrical connection and a loss of power in the vehicle. If the car loses power, the engine can stall, which could possibly lead to a crash. The Detroit News reports that BMW knows of one minor collision in Canada as a result of this problem, but no injuries.

The official recall program will kick off in March, at which point BMW will notify owners and dealerships will replace the positive battery cable connector, free of charge. Scroll down for the official NHTSA report.
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Report Receipt Date: FEB 07, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V044000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 504,545

Vehicle Make - Model - Model Year(s)

BMW 128i 2008-2012
BMW 135i 2008-2012
BMW 328i 2007-2011
BMW 335i 2007-2011
BMW Z4 2009-2011

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

SUMMARY

BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through July 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through July 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. 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.

CONSEQUENCE

If there is a loss of electrical power to the vehicle, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

NOTES

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      A BMW with electrical issue ?? NO WAYY DUDE . . . /s
      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Ultimate Driving(to the service) Machine
      Anubis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good grief. Why doesn't this company use better part suppliers? I had a Mini and got rid of it after multiple stays at the dealer for the cold start death rattle.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      lachmund is shitting his pants
      DudM
      • 1 Year Ago
      finally they are fixing long residual issues? maybe this is good news for people who have those models..
      slipsiu
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW could recall their cars for any number of reasons. My X5 has cost me about 20% more than its original price for repairs and that is after the 4 years warranty expired. My electrical system failed with not so much as a warning light going off. The only thing that hasn't gone yet is the transmission but I suppose its just a matter of time. Needless to say, this is my last BMW.
      Stacey Johnson
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'ve been telling BMW that I was having electrical problems with my 09 335i (with 40,000 miles)! They STILL don\'t believe me. The computer would shut off while I was driving, but wouldn\'t shut off when I turned off the car (among other things, like locking me inside the car) and it drained the battery. Now, they are telling me that the problem is the alternator and battery and that it\'s MY responsibility! Being blonde and female shouldn\'t make a difference, but trust me, it does! I\'m ranking them right up there with Chrysler! Grrr!!!
        derekwilkinson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stacey Johnson
        So did you ever think about bringing it somewhere else? Or maybe the fact that it could be the alternator or battery? Or are you going to just yell GIRL POWER and ignore what they say?
      vedi123
      • 1 Year Ago
      as if BMW was the only automaker in the world who recalls houndreds of thousands of vehicles on a regular basis. Any single automaker has its problems once in a while.
      H
      • 1 Year Ago
      Proof BMW needs more service business. They are using this as an excuse to bring more business into the service bays. Each vehicle will be scrutinized for other service work once it arrives for this recall. The additional repairs they get will benefit them tremendously. This is not the first time BMW has created these bogus recalls. Someone needs to investigate the validity of these claims. BMW unfortunately uses this tactic via motor vehicle records to access 3 and 4 owners of vehicles. 2007 and 2008 vehicles are well out of factory warranty and at this point probably in need of many other unrelated repairs which are far more critical than this recall.
      bstogieone
      • 1 Year Ago
      Owned 3 high end BMW's, all had electrical and mechanical issues, one of my cars was literally in the dealer every 45 days for problem. My neighbors brand new M3 shut off on the highway while doing 75mph. Imagine not able to steer at that speed. They are beautiful cars, hope they get their issues fixed.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      WHAT!? How is this possible ?! German car makers don't make mistakes! Their cars are better than everyone else's ! They never break down! They're perfect in any way! They're better than you! You should feel lucky their makers allow you to buy them at all, even for any premiums they may charge!
      adam1keith1980
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am still waiting for BMW to recall their vehicles for poor quality and unreliability.
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