March 05, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

BMW has issued a recall of approximately 504,545 vehicles due to an auto defect that can cause the connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box to degrade over time. The following vehicles are included in the recall class: 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 defect can result in a loss of electrical power causing the vehicle to unexpectedly stall and increasing the risk of a crash.

This recall is expected to begin sometime in March 2013. Dealers have agreed to inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact BMW directly at 1-800-525-7417. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V044000.

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.