BMW will recall almost 570,000 cars in the United States and Canada because of a faulty cable connector that could cause the engines to stall.
Models affected by the recall include 3-Series sedans, wagons, convertibles and coupes from the 2007 through 2011 model years, 1-Series coupes and convertibles from 2008 through 2012, and the Z4 sports car from 2009 through 2011.
According to BMW’s report filed to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the cable connectors and a fuse box terminal in the cars can degrade over time, breaking 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 NHTSA said. BMW said the problem is caused by movement between the battery cable and the fuse box. BMW is aware of one minor collision in Canada due to the problem, which caused no injuries.
BMW said its dealers will replace the battery cable connector and secure it for free. Owners will be notified starting in March. The 3-Series is BMW’s most popular car in the U.S., with sales of nearly 100,000 units last year. The recall affects more than 504,000 cars in the U.S. and another 65,000 in Canada.