BMW recalling 1.3 million 5 and 6 Series models over potential electrical malfunction


BMW AG has announced that it will recall 1.3 million 5 Series and 6 Series vehicles from the 2003-2010 model years worldwide.

According to Reuters, some 368,000 sold in the U.S. are among the vehicles being recalled by the German automaker.

BMW has explained that the recall is due to battery cable covers inside the boot (trunk) of the cars being incorrectly mounted. This, says BMW, could result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start, and potentially to char or catch fire.

The recall, while large in number, doesn’t seem to involve anything too difficult to fix. Owners of affected model years will be notified in writing about the issues, and will be able to take their vehicle in for a free 30-minute to 1-hour repair service.

According to BMW, the company is unaware of any accidents or injury resulting from the faulty battery cable covers.

BMW isn’t the only automaker that recently had to recall a number of vehicles. Yesterday, General Motors announced it would be recalling 6,159 vehicles, mainly from its SUV lineup, including the Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, and Yukon XL, due to steering-gear issues that involved the vehicles pitman-shafts not being hardened properly and potentially causing loss of vehicle control.