BMW has recently issued a voluntary safety recall of nearly 505,000 cars in the United States after discovering a possible failure in battery cable connectors, which could lead to fatal collisions.
This recall involves the most popular car on the small luxury car market – the 3-Series sedans, wagons, convertibles, and couples from the 2007 through 2011 models. Also taken off the market are the 1-Series couples and convertibles from 2008 through 2012 and the Z4 sports car from 2009 through 2011.
BMW is recalling the vehicles due to a faulty battery cable connector, which has the potential to fail, which could ultimate cause the engine to stall. According to reports, the cable connectors and their fuse box terminals can decay over time, splitting the electrical connection between the battery and the fuse box. If the electronic connection is broken, the cars could lose electrical power, causing the engine to shut down without warning. BMW stated that in the worst case, the loss of vehicle power could increase consumer’s risk of being involved in an unfortunate collision.
This safety recall affects more than 504,000 automobiles in the U.S., and another 65,000 in Canada.
BMW has reported knowledge of one car accident in Canada as a result of the problem, but claims to not know of any incidents in the United States. For all recalled vehicles in the U.S., BMW will notify the owners and will replace the defective parts with a new and improved method free of charge to the owner.
While it may come as a shock to you, large auto recalls have been quite prevalent in recent years. Automakers like BMW, Toyota and General Motors will recall their automobiles on occasion due to the simple fact that they use common parts on multiple models to reduce costs in the manufacturing process.
The battery cable connector recall has already begun, but BMW anticipates that less than 1 percent of the vehicles recalled are actually affected by the cable issue. Owners with any questions can contact BMW directly for more information.
Furthermore, if you are the owner of one of the recalled BMW models and have been involved in a car accident as a result of the recent problem, you may have a claim to recover compensation. To learn more about your rights, contact a Pasco County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton today online or call 727-847-2299.