BMW is recalling 4,000 vehicles worldwide due to defective engine control units, the company said, according to Reuters.

“Due to a temporary production fault of a supplier, deficient parts were supplied and installed in new 5, 6 and 7-series and X5 models with V8 or V12 cylinder petrol engines,” BMW reportedly said in a statement.

Reuters said the defect may cause the engine to cut off after a relatively short running time, potentially leading to a failure of the power-steering assistance as well as the brake booster following repeated operation of the brake.

“As a consequence, unexpected traffic situations including accidents may occur,” BMW reportedly added.

The report said vehicles affected by the recall were built between May 12 and July 6 of this year.

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“Due to the small number of cars affected, the costs of the recall will remain manageable,” a BMW spokesman told Reuters.

A BMW (GB) spokesman told just-auto that the number of right-hand drive cars affected in the UK is “a very small number – less than a hundred”.

He added that the the affected cars had been distributed worldwide.

“Our dealers are already contacting customers,” the spokesman said.

Many of the affected cars around the world are still in the distribution system between factories and dealers and haven’t reached customers so will be rectified before delivery, he noted.