If you are fortunate enough to own a BMW 5- or 6-series car, you’d want to park that baby indoors, to protect it from the elements or maybe wandering hoodlums, right? Maybe not. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an incorrectly attached battery cable in over 1.3 million cars worldwide could cause overheating and possibly even fire – even when the car isn’t in use. In short, your sweet ride could burst into flames in the middle of the night and burn your house down.

According to BMW, the incident has only been recorded once in the US out of 367,000 cards sold. Still, that hasn’t stopped the NHTSA from encouraging owners to park their cars outside. According to the agency:

“The insulated bulkhead connector for the positive battery cable may have been incorrectly attached to the trunk floor panel, which can lead to a loosening of the bolt connection. As it loosens, an increase in electrical resistance at this cable connection is possible and could cause the cable connection to overheat. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made.”

via Slash Gear

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