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BMW

DETROIT — BMW has issued two safety recalls.

It is recalling 570,000 cars in North America because a battery cable connector can fail and cause the engine to stall.

The recall affects the 3 Series sedans, wagons, convertibles and coupes for the 2007-11 model years. Also included are 2008-12 1 Series coupes and convertibles and 2009-11 Z4 sports cars.

The cars could lose electrical power, causing the engines to stall unexpectedly, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted on its Web site.

Dealers will replace the battery cable connector and secure it free. It will start notifying owners in March.

BMW also is recalling more than 30,000 SUVs to fix an oil leak that can knock out the power-assisted braking.

The recall covers X5 SUVs in the U.S. from the 2007-10 model years. The vehicles have eight-cylinder engines.

The company says a small amount of oil can leak from a brake hose and cause the power-assisted braking to fail. The company will replace a brake vacuum line hose for free.

The recall is expected to start this month.

Chrysler

DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling 278,000 pickups and sport utility vehicles because their rear axles can lock up unexpectedly.

The recall covers many Ram 1500 pickups from the 2009-12 model years, 2009-11 Dodge Dakota pickups, and 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs.

A nut in the rear axle can come loose because of a missing adhesive patch. The axle can lock and cause the vehicle to go out of control.

Chrysler will start notifying owners next month. It will install a retainer to keep the nut in place.


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