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BMW TO RECAL 3422 CARS TO FIX BATTERY FAULT.

NEW DELHI -- The list of car recalls in India is bulging with German luxury maker BMW calling back over 3,422 units of its 5-series and 6-series models to fix a potential problem with a battery-cable cover. BMW's recall comes within a short span of similar call backs by companies like Tata Motors, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Honda and Maruti to replace faulty parts.

BMW's India recall is part of aglobal exercise and will see the company fix the problem on a total of 3,422 units sold between the year 2007 and 2010. "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.

A spokesperson for BMW India said that the company would start informing customers about the exercise and the part replacement should happen soon. "It will be done free-ofcost and should take about 30 minutes," the spokesperson said, adding that not all units sold in the Indian market are effected by the recall. "There has not been any accidents or injury to persons due to this fault," the spokesperson added.

Recalls are not very prevalent in India and companies are often reluctant to announce them as they fear a negative fallout on branding and sales. Lack of an official recall policy in India makes many of them go quiet on the matter and report it only when it affects the global markets, many of whom mandatorily seek announcement of arecall in case of a defect that is generic in nature.

The last few months have seen a spate of such exercises as automakers call back cars to fix defective parts. Last month, Porsche said it was calling back its Cayenne SUVs sold in India (as part of global exercise) to rework headlight locking system.

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