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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHTSA 05-98
March 15, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST OF JANUARY, 1999 RECALLS

BMW
Models:

BMW 540i Year: 1999
BMW 540iAT Year: 1999
BMW 540iA Year: 1999
BMW 740iA Year: 1999
BMW 740iLA Year: 1999

Number Involved: 2,100
Dates of Manufacture:  August - September 1998
Defect:   The thickness of the main positive electrical cable (generator to starter) insulation is less than specified, making it susceptible to being abraded or cut by the clip that secures the cable to the generator. The cable insulation can be worn away, exposing the wire. The wire could contact the clip or a short circuit could occur. If the vehicle were parked with the engine off, the engine may not restart. If the engine were running and the short occurred, the generator would not charge the battery, affecting the operation of the engine and electrical systems.

Remedy: Dealers will apply a thickness of insulating tape to the cable in the area of the clip, and install a revised clip. Owner notification was to begin during February 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-0117.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V004]

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.