BMW Australia is recalling approximately 10,000 BMW 5-Series and 6-Series vehicles to address a potential defect with the rear-mounted battery cable covers.
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The technical recall campaign affects 5-Series and 6-Series vehicles produced between March 2003 and September 2010, and applies to all body styles: 5-Series sedan, 5-Series Touring, M5 sedan, 6-Series Coupe and 6-Series Convertible.

The recall applies to the previous-generation 5-Series and 6-Series models, and does not affect the current-generation models. The recall is part of a larger global action involving approximately 1.3 million BMW vehicles.

In an official statement, BMW explained:

“In some rare cases, the vehicle may have been fitted with an incorrect plastic cover mounting [in the boot], which may over time cause electrical problems.

“Although no problems have been reported in Australia we would still like to ensure all vehicles this campaign affects are inspected and rectified if necessary.”

BMW says the inspection and repair should take less than an hour to complete, and will be conducted free of charge.

BMW Australia will contact all known customers to arrange the recall repair, and encourages owners of 5-Series and 6-Series that fall within the affected build dates to contact their local BMW dealership.