A massive recall for some 1.3 million BMW models worldwide, including approximately 367,000 vehicles sold in the United States and 290,000 in Germany is underway.
"This can result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start and, in some cases, to charring or fire," said BMW.
The company says it not aware of any accidents or injury to persons resulting from the defect.
"Vehicle owners will be notified in writing. Affected vehicles will remain at the respective BMW Partner repair workshop for approximately 30 minutes, the service, of course, being free of charge to the customer," BMW said in a statement.