BMW AG, the world’s largest premium carmaker, has recalled about 1.3 million cars for repair worldwide due to a possible problem with a battery cable cover in the trunk. The recall affects 5- and 6-Series BMWs built between 2003 and 2010. The battery cable cover inside the boot of these vehicles 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, according to the company. But BMW says it’s not aware of any accidents or injuries to people due to the problem. Fewer than 1 percent of the cars BMW has so far inspected for the issue have exhibited the problem, according to BMW. So far, there have been no reports of fires.
BMW is writing to car owners. The repair procedure in a BMW partner workshop will take about 30 minutes to an hour and will be free of charge to customers. The recall affects about 368,000 cars in the United States and about 293,000 cars in Germany. Another 109,000 cars are subject to the recall in Britain and about 102,000 in China.
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