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BMW Recalls almost 505,000 Cars for Stalling Issue

2011 BMW 3-Series

2011 BMW 3-Series

In one of its largest recalls to date, BMW is recalling 504,545 of its cars because of stalling concerns.  The recall affects 1-Series, 3-Series and Z4 automobiles, including model years from 2007 to 2011.  The cause for the stall is a faulty connection between the battery’s positive cable and the car’s fuse panel.  Continue reading for more details and a table of affected vehicles.

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Nissan Initiates big recalls of Frontier, Xterra and Sentra

2004 Nissan Frontier

In a recent press release by Nissan, two recalls have been initiated.  The first is for the Frontier truck and Xterra SUV, for faulty steering linkages.  The second recall is for the Sentra, and involves the battery cables.  All told, around 513,000 vehicles in the US will be recalled, starting this month.  Click past the jump for details, press release, and model years affected.

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Garmin Recalls Nav Units, Affects Automotive Market

Garmin Nuvi 785T

Remember the laptop battery recalls which came and went a couple years ago?  Yeah, me too.  It seems that an unknown number of Garmin satellite navigation units can spark a fire if their faulty batteries get too hot.  The affected units are available both as built-in navigation units sold with a car and through the aftermarket.

There’s a long list of recalled units after the jump, including specific recalls from Nissan and Suzuki.  As more manufacturers figure out specifics, we’ll be sure and keep you informed.

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Chevrolet Volt Battery Pack gets 8yr/100,000 mile warranty

In a not-so-surprising press release, GM has announced that the battery packs for its upcoming Chevrolet Volt Electric Vehicle (EV) will be backed by an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty.  GM originally wanted the battery pack to last the life of the vehicle, and with their extensive testing of the Volt’s unique powertrain, it could very well do that.

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PSA Update: Battery Tech

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Last week I posted an article on battery death in newer cars, and what to do to prevent it.  Because of the feedback I got on that subject, I wanted to address more solutions to this problem.  I found a reason why automobile manufacturers are still using lead-acid batteries, what other battery technology is being used, and what it will take to bring car battery technology into the 21st century.

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PSA: Got a dead battery?

Image Source: http://www.sendafriendautocare.com/images/car-battery.jpgFor many decades, the only electronics in cars were their radios, lights and ignition systems.  Then came power windows and locks, followed by fuel injection, which introduced computers to the automobile.  Then sensors galore, and with them, more computers.  Nowadays, satellite navigation, touch screens and high-powered sound systems are standard or optional on most vehicles.  With all the new electronic gizmos that automakers have added to their products, it’s no wonder that car batteries die quicker.  Not to mention motorized seats and mirrors.

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