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MASSIVE RECALL: Due to a potential fire risk, SA owners of previous generation BMW 5 and 6 Series models will be notified to bring their vehicles in for a free repair. Above shows where the cable will be repaired/replaced.

Munich, Germany - Earlier in 2012 BMW recalled 235 000 Minis due to a fire risk. Now the German automaker wants more than a million owners to bring in their 5 and 6 Series cars.

The total is 1.3-million vehicles assembled between 2003 and 2010; the problem to sort is whether a battery cable in the boot is a fire hazard.

In certain cases, BMW SA says, the battery cable cover may be incorrectly mounted. This could result in an electrical system malfunction, the vehicle failing to start, and - in rare circumstances - the charring of the cables or fire.

BMW is not aware of any actual incidents or injury. The recall is a preventative measure.

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT SA?

The number of vehicles affected in South Africa is 11 780. Those affected are all 5 and 6 Series models (E6x) built from March 2003 to September 2010. Vehicle owners will be notified in writing, requesting them to bring the vehicle to their respective BMW dealer where the repair will be done at no cost to the customer.

This repair should take no longer than a half-hour.

MODELS AFFECTED

BMW 5 Series Sedan
BMW M5 Sedan
BMW M5 Touring 
BMW 6 Series Coupe
BMW 6 Series Convertible 
BMW M6 Coupe
BMW M6 Convertible

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