The BMW Group is re-calling all previous generation BMW 5 and 6 Series models, built between 2003 and 2010, for repair at authorised dealers.
BMW say that in certain cases, the battery cable cover inside the boot of these vehicles may be incorrectly mounted. This could result in an electrical system malfunction, the vehicle failing to start and, in very rare circumstances, the charring of the cables or fire, although no such incidents have been reported.
The number of vehicles affected in South Africa totals 11 780 cars. The models in question include all 5 and 6 Series models (E6x) built from March 2003 to September 2010, which means all previous generation BMW 5 Series Sedans, BMW M5 Sedans and BMW M5 Touring models. All previous generation BMW 6 Series Coupes, Convertibles and BMW M6 Coupes and BMW M6 Convertibles are included in the recall as well.
Vehicle owners will be notified in writing, requesting them to bring the vehicle to their respective dealership where the repair will be done at no cost to the customer. BMW say this repair should not take longer than 30 minutes.