BMW is recalling 100,000 cars in Japan, 65,000 in Canada and 50,000 in South Africa, following last week’s recall of more than 500,000 vehicles in the U.S. The recall affects certain 1- series, 3-series, X1 and Z4 vehicles built between 2007 and 2011, Bernhard Santer, a spokesman for Munich-based BMW, said via telephone. No accidents have been reported, he said. Cars in Europe aren’t affected by the technical issue, Santer said.
The connector for the positive battery cable and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Feb 16.
Many global automakers have issued larger recalls in recent years for fix technical problems. The trend toward using common components and sharing technology across a wide variety of vehicles to reap savings has increased the risks of these bigger recalls.