It hasn’t been a good week for BMW – or its customers.
Just days after recalling more than 30,000 of its big X5 crossovers for potential brake problems, the Bavarian maker has announced a second safety-related service action, this time because a battery cable connector can fail and cause engines to stall.
The latest problem impacts about 570,000 vehicles sold in North America, 504,000 in the U.S. and the rest in Canada. It covers various 3-Series models sold during the 2007 through 2011 model-years, as well as 2008 through 2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles and 2009 through 2011 Z4 roadsters.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a fuse box terminal can degrade over time, breaking the electrical connection with the trunk-mounted battery. If that happens the cars may suddenly lose power and stall. BMW itself reports one minor crash resulting from the problem.