German car maker BMW is recalling 1.3 million cars worldwide over problems with a battery cable cover which could in extreme cases cause a fire, and more than 100,000 of those cars are in the UK.
The problem came to light through continuous testing and customer complaints (or ‘feedback’ as BMW put it), and involves the battery cable cover that is located inside of the boot of the luxury cars which may be incorrectly mounted.
A BMW spokesman said: "This can result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start and, in some cases, to charring or fire."
It’s not all BMW cars in the UK; just 109,000 5 Series and 6 Series models made between 2003 and 2010 – and no actual accidents or injuries to anyone have yet been reported. (And around the world: 368,000 cars in the United States, 293,000 cars in Germany, and 102,000 in China.)
BMW have said that: "Owners of affected cars will be contacted in the coming weeks and asked to arrange a visit to their dealer." But if anyone is particularly worried about their Series 5 or Series 6 cars they can contact the BMW customer service department on 0800 325600.
It should also be noted that less than 1% of cars that BMW has inspected so far have actually had the problem and that the repair would take less than an hour in the workshop – free of charge, obviously.
Oh, and if you are reading this not in the UK, the boot is the trunk!
It’s not the first time recently that BMW have had to recall cars. In 2010 there was a problem with 5, 6 and 7 Series vehicles powered by V8 and V12 engines from the 2002-2010 model years and some Rolls-Royce Phantom cars from the 2003-2010 model years that involved leaks that could have happened in the power breaking system – although BMW did say that problem was "without danger" and there was no risk of drivers being unable to stop their cars.
"In extreme cases, a loss of power-assisted braking may occur but mechanical braking is still available."
This affected around 10,500 BMW models and 905 Rolls-Royces in the UK, although the problem again was worldwide.
Amazingly enough, the same problem was detected in BMW motorcycles that lead to the recall of around 122,000 motorcycles worldwide in the K 1200 GT model.