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BMW calls back 8,500 cars here in fire alert

BMW is recalling 8,500 cars here over a battery fault that could spark a fire.

Some 1.3 million cars are being recalled worldwide by the German car giant.

The recall affects 5-Series and 6-Series models built between 2003 and 2010.

BMW made the decision after customer complaints.

"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," BMW said.

"In extremely rare cases the electrical system could malfunction, leading to a scorching of the boot floor and a fire may result."