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BMW recalls over 500,000 vehicles due to possible loss of electrical power


National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationWashington, D.C. – 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.

2012 BMW 128I is one of the models being recalled.

2012 BMW 128I is one of the models being recalled.

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.

Vehicle Information

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

Report Receipt Date: February 7th, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V044000

Component(s): Electrical System
Potential Number of Units Affected: 504,545


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


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 .


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




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