German car makers BMW and Volkswagen (VW) are conducting global safety recalls on hundreds of thousands of vehicles, including many in SA.BMW originally began a recall in 2013 relating to a battery connection that could lead to a loss of power in its previous generation 1 Series, 3 Series, X1 and Z4 models.More than 750,000 models built between March 2007 and September 2011 were affected worldwide with the majority in the US, and more than 50,000 in SA. The company has now expanded the recall by an additional 400,000 worldwide bringing the total to 1,150,000 vehicles. A further 15,933 models are included in the wider recall in SA.According to Edward Makwana, manager of group product communications at BMW SA: "The issue relates to the plug of the power distributor, which may degrade over time due to frictional corrosion and vehicle vibration. In certain conditions, this can affect the electrical connection to the car and may result in loss of power."The expansion of the recall comes ...

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