BMW and NHTSA recall variety of 2007-2012 BMW 1-, 3-, and Z4 models over apparent electrical wear and tear

BMW in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall for a select group of 2007-2012 BMW models over an electrical fault. But there’s something rather interesting about this recall.

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In the press release, the issue apparently lies with the positive connectors on the batteries, where they were found to “degrade over time,” leading to a severed connection and loss of electrical power to the vehicle. And to be honest, this sounds more like typical wear and tear rather than an electrical fault. Are auto companies now trying to suggest that wear and tear is no longer normal and owners are no longer accountable for their bearing effect of using their automobiles? Just doesn’t seem to make sense…

Either way, the models affected are 2008-2012 BMW 128i and 135i models, 2007-2011 BMW 328i and 335i models, and 2009-2011 BMW Z4 models.

The campaign is set to begin in March of 2013, where BMW will notify owners and will mandate that the cables be replaced, free of charge.

For full details, check out the press release below.

Report Receipt Date: FEB 07, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V044000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 504,545

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


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. 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.


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

– By: Chris Chin