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Contact: Tim Hurd

Vehicle Recalls

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Bayerische Motoren Werke

Models: BMW Z3 Year: 1999

Number Involved: 1,000

Dates of Manufacture: August - September 1998

Defect: The nut that secures the main positive cable to the positive battery terminal clamp was not tightened properly, allowing the cable over time to loosen. If this occurs, the cable could ultimately loosen to the point where electrical continuity could be interrupted. If this occurs while the engine was running, the engine could stop. Also, if the vehicle were being operated at night, the lighting system could shut off, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will tighten the nut to the proper specifications. Owner notification began in late-November 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117. [NHTSA Recall No. 98V275]


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.