The car manufacturer BMW has reportedly been forced to recall approximately 1.3 of its vehicles due to concerns that a faulty part could cause a fire.
The affected models, which are the 5 Series and 6 Series built between 2003 and 2010, are being recalled because of a faulty battery cable. The company has said that in extreme situations, this defective part could lead to fire.
The BMW Group said in a statement:
“In some remote cases, 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.”
The car company has sent letters to owners of the affected vehicles, letting them know of the problem and offering a free repair if they bring their cars to an authorised dealer.
BMW has stated that to its knowledge, no one had suffered any injuries as a result of the fault. However, if the fault did cause harm to anyone, the company may need to rely on its product liability insurance to cover any compensation payout.