An investigation by the Canadian automotive safety agency, Transport Canada, led BMW to recall almost 505,000 vehicles in the United States for a possible loss of electrical power that could cause the engine to stall.
The recall covers the 2008–12 1 Series; the 2007–11 3 Series and the 2009–11 Z4, according to a report from BMW posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
By far the largest number – about 297,000 – are the 3 Series sedans.
The automaker says the problem is caused by the wear and tear on the cable to the battery, which is located in the trunk. That could cause the engine to suddenly shut down.