BMW is recalling 1.3m cars globally amid fears 5-series and 6-series models could catch fire. This is for model year 2003-2010 cars. Of those, Reuters notes that some 368,000 examples were sold in the U.S. – most of them sedans like the one above.
BMW said: “In some remote cases, the battery cable inside the boot may be incorrectly mounted. This can result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start and, in some cases, to charring or fire.”
Fewer than 1 per cent of cars inspected so far have exhibited the problem. BMW said it had received nine reports of the defect. An official said: “no injuries to a person have been reported to us.”
Owners will be receiving a letter soon and will be asked to visit a BMW dealer for about a 30-minute repair session.
The recall affects around 368,000 cars in America, 283,000 in Germany, 109,000 in Britain and a further 102,000 in China.
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