Second giant recall for BMW
MASSIVE RECALLBMW announced two recalls over ther weekend affecting 3 Series, 1 Series and Z4 models from March 2007 to July 2011.
BMW has had two major vehicle recalls over the weekend - the first involving 60 000 X5 V8 units, the second 570 000 various models - and both affect South Africa.
The German company is recalling 570 000 cars in the US and Canada over a faulty battery cable connector which could fail and stall the engine. This follows a recall of 60 000 X5 4.8i V8's a day earlier.
A BMW South Africa spokesperson said the larger recall involved certain 1 and 3-Series, Z4 and X1 models assembled between March 2007 and July 2011.
'ENGINE MAY CUT OUT'
BMW SA said: “We have about 52 000 vehicles affected in South Africa which will need to have the plug connector at the power distribution box replaced. Diesel vehicles from these model series are not affected at all.
“In unfavourable conditions, vehicle vibrations can lead to frictional corrosion on the plug of the power distribution box, impairing the electrical supply to the vehicle. This could result in the doors not opening and the vehicle failing to start after parking.
"In extreme cases, the electrical system can fail and the engine may cut out while travelling. The driver is given an indication of this by flickering on the instrument panel and a short, noticeable decline in the engine power."
BMW SA is not aware of any incidents or injuries relating to this matter in South Africa and their is no risk of fire.
“BMW SA will begin notifying customers by means of written communication to have the improved plug concept - which prevents frictional corrosion - fitted at no cost. Affected owners can contact the the BMW SA Customer Care Centre on 0800 600 555 if they have any questions or concerns."
AP reported BMW knows of one minor collision in Canada due to the electrical problem, but no injuries. North American owners will also get free replacement parts after notifications go out in March, 2013.
The recall affects more than 504 000 cars in the US and another 65 000 in Canada.