BMW is recalling approximately 367,682 of its 5-Series and 6-Series vehicles in the U.S. in coordination with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) due to a fire risk present in the cars. According to The Washington Post, the U.S. recall is part of a much larger worldwide recall that totals over 1.3 million cars, although there is currently only one known case of an actual fire occurring in the U.S.
The recall is due to a defect in the connection between the positive battery cable and the trunk floor panel and, if it loosens, could cause the cable connection to overheat. When the heat generated is great enough, a fire could start in the vehicles trunk, putting occupants at risk of a serious burn injury accident or crash. Affected makes and models are:
- 2004 – 2010 BMW 5-Series
- 2004 – 2010 BMW 6-Series
- 2006 – 2010 BMW M5
- 2007 – 2010 BMW M6
BMW has stated that consumers should leave their affected vehicles outside in order to prevent any damage from occurring in case of a fire until the vehicles are inspected and fixed. The German automotive manufacturer will have dealers inspect the affected connector, tighten it if necessary, add protective grease, and replace a plastic battery cover free of charge. The recall is set to begin in April. Consumers with more questions can call BMW Customer Relations and Services at (800) 525-7417 and the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
Defective auto products can be especially dangerous as the problems that arise can easily result in a serious or even deadly crash and are often difficult to spot prior to an accident occurring. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries and losses due to such defective products, a San Mateo auto defect lawyer at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can assist in recovering compensation from at-fault parties. For more information on how our skilled legal team can help you today, call us at (800) 900-0863.