BMW has announced it is recalling a whopping 1.3 million 5 Series and 6 Series vehicles from the 2003 to 2010 model years. Of those, Reuters notes that some 368,000 examples were sold in the U.S. – most of them sedans like the one above.

It doesn't sound like too difficult of a problem to fix, but the automaker says the cars' battery cable covers could be incorrectly mounted. BMW says no accidents or injuries have occurred because of the issue, but there is the potential that affected models may fail to start, or worse, catch fire.

Owners will be receiving a letter soon and will be asked to visit a BMW dealer for about a 30-minute repair session.

A company spokesman tells The Wall Street Journal that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been notified. Just 9 months ago, BMW was penalized $3 million for failing to report safety defects to NHTSA quickly enough. It looks like they may have learned their lesson. Read the full press release after the jump.
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BMW AG Quality Measure. Previous generation BMW 5 and 6 Series models built between 2003 and 2010.

In order to carry out a quality measure, the BMW AG is re-calling all BMW 5 and 6 Series models of the previous generation, built between 2003 and 2010 and still on the market for repair at authorised dealers.

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.

We are not aware of any accidents or injury to persons resulting from this fault.

Vehicle owners will be notified in writing. Affected vehicles will remain at the respective BMW
Partner repair workshop for approximately 30 minutes, the service, of course, being free of charge to the customer.

Approximately 1.3 million vehicles worldwide are affected.


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      nankendall
      • 2 Years Ago
      Our battery exploded in the trunk of our BMW 325i. Wonder if it was this problem? Scared the living daylights out of us.
      Timmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      i have owned many american cars and been very happy with most of them, and will continue to own them in the future. But i recently bought a BMW 650 and it blows any american car away. these guys know how to build a car!
      Ashleigh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good catch! That isn't mine though. Or our other one.
      badotom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its funny how BMW issues a recall which does not happen often and people jump down their throat. Come on people put yourself in their shoes how would this make you feel people saying bad things about the things you make.
      hchevy
      • 2 Years Ago
      bmw reliability and repair problems seem to be a badge of pride for their owners.
      Ashleigh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jay, I have 4 and they NEVER ONCE "broke." How many do you own?
      PHDPHATMAN
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rented a 520d in Germany, loved it...... till it blew a hose.
      Terri
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stop putting this nonsence on these comment sites. It's inappropriate. the discussion here is about recalled BMWs, not penny auctions. You put this on other sites, too. What's with you? Read the article, comment on the article. That's the drift.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Haters in 3....2....1...
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for BMW for being proactive and they should be thankful it's such a minor issue even if it affects quite a few vehicles.
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have been working on BMWs for years never saw a problem,, Jap cars are overrated junk ,Germans demand perfection. these car are priced right ,better then any Jap junk . these don't have many recall chumps,,let see how many does Nissan and Toy\0 Jap\0 junk have ?????I work for Nissan also 2002 Altima 16 recalls in one year,sub frames engines burning oil ,,,yeah great car
        arvig
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob
        Are you sober Rob? I've had American cars in the past. I've had Japanese cars in the past. In all cases I liked the cars a lot, they weren't junk. I've known people who had German cars, they weren't junk. :P ALL makes have recalls, period. So Rob, go sober up.
        cara
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob
        easy with the booze at lunch dude.have a 2003 nissan altima NEVER ANY PROBLEMS, 1999 suzuki grand vitara, had 10 years best car we ever had,tires battery and oil changes ,a gem daughters boyfriend greek family very eropean style, have to have bmw cars, allways having problems from blown engines to what ever. Dude bmw has had there time, now its like wearing a wigger gold (filled) chain, they are trying to make a statement that there cool,nice sit home on a summer weekend while your spending hundreds on repairs,while im down the jersey shore with that reliable jap junk!!
          David
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cara
          There, their, they're. You need to learn which one to use inyour rants.
      BDolman
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW's garbage
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