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BMW recalls 569,830 cars in N. America due to electrical problem

Published on Feb 20, 2013 12:19 AM

New York (REUTERS) - BMW is recalling 569,830 of its vehicles in the United States and Canada due the chance of an electrical failure that may cause the cars to stall unexpectedly, US regulators and the company said.

The recall affects Bayerische Motoren Werke AG's popular 3-Series sedans, convertibles, coupes and sports wagons as well as its 1-Series coupes and convertibles and Z4 two-seat roadsters.

A battery cable connection with a fuse box on the cars may degrade over time, which could cause the engine to stall because of a loss of electric power, increasing the risk of a crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report issued on Monday.

BMW on Tuesday said that there was one crash, in Canada, reported to the company related to the issue, which did not cause injury. There have been no reported crashes or injuries in the US, BMW said.

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