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Fire Risk Prompts Recall Of BMWs

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The risk of an electrical fire has prompted the recall of more than 750,000 BMWs in the United States, Canada, Japan and South Africa.

The recall includes Bayerische Motoren Werke AG’s popular 3-Series convertibles, coupes, sedans and sports wagons, along with 1-Series coupes and convertibles and also Z4 two-seat roadsters. Some markets have also recalled the X1 crossover vehicle. Those vehicles that are affected by the recall were built between March 2007 and July 2011.

To date, according to the company, one crash was reported in Canada, in connection to this recall but there were no injuries. Nothing has been reported in the U.S.

A battery cable connection with a fuse box on the cars might degrade in time, which may lead the engine to stall due to a loss of electric power which in turn increases the risk of crashing, said the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a report that was released on Monday.

In March 2012, BMW announced a recall of 1.3 million cars worldwide for a problem with a battery cable cover in the trunk.