Written by Jonny Williamson
The cause of the problem is thought to be the improper fitting of the battery cable cover in the boot of the car. If incorrectly mounted the cover can cause malfunctions with the electrical system preventing the car from starting properly and, in some extreme cases, cause ‘scorching of the boot floor’ which could potentially lead to a fire breaking out.
A statement by a spokesman for the German manufacturers said:
"In order to carry out a quality measure, BMW is recalling all BMW 5 and 6 Series models of the previous generation, built between 2003 and 2010 and still on the market, for repair at authorised dealers.
“Less than 1 percent of the cars BMW has so far inspected for the issue have exhibited the problem.”
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Over the next month owners of the affected models will be contacted by letter and asked to take their cars to a local authorised dealership for a free repair, lasting between 30 and 60 minutes.
BMW have said that the issue was brought to their attention through ‘continuous testing’ and customer feedback, stating that so far no accidents or injuries have been reported. The company has not offered any indications as to how much this recall could potentially cost them, either directly or in possible lost sales.
Along with the UK and the US, over 100,000 are to be recalled in China and a further 293,000 in Germany.
Owners of the models in question are advised to contact the BMW customer service number on 0800 325 600