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BMW Recalls 367,000 Cars

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On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 10:19AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

BMW Recalls 367,000 Cars

Although BMW may indeed be the Ultimate Driving Machine, as it turns out, even they are not built flawlessly. BMW has issued a recall of 367,682 vehicles consisting of 5-Series and 6-Series models built 2004-2010 as well as M5 models built from 2006-2010 and M6 models built from 2007-2010.

It seems that the positive battery cable may have been improperly connected to the trunk floor, which may cause the bolt connecting the cable to loosen. This loosening may then cause an increase in electrical resistance and as a result, the connection may overheat to the point of catching fire. The car does not even have to be running to be a potential fire risk, which is why BMW has advised owners to keep their cars parked outdoors until they have had the necessary repairs.

Read on for the full report ...

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
BMW / 5-Series2004-2009
BMW / 5-Series2010
BMW / 6-Series2004-2010
BMW / M52006-2010
BMW / M62007-2010
Manufacturer:BMW of North America, LLC
Mfr's Report Date:Mar 23, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V126000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Electrical System: Battery: Cables
Potential Number of Units Affected:367,682


BMW is recalling certain model year 2004-2010 5-Series, model year 2004-2010 6-Series, model year 2006-2010 M5, and model year 2007-2010 M6 vehicles. The insulated bulkhead connector for the positive battery cable may have been incorrectly attached to the trunk floor panel, which can lead to a loosening of the bolt connection. As it loosens, an increase in electrical resistance at this cable connection is possible and could cause the cable connection to overheat.


Overheating could lead to a fire, even while the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made.


BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and secure the battery bolt cable connection as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in April 2012. Owners may contact BMW customer relations and services at 1-800-525-7417.


Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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