Posted on Monday, November 27th, 2017 at 3:04 pm
According to a recent AP article, BMW is recalling more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs in two separate recalls due to the risk of catching fire. While a spokesman for BMW says that the risk of fire is very low, BMW recommends that the vehicles be kept outside in an abundance of caution. Recalls are expected to start on December 18, 2017.
The largest of the two recalls involves the 128i model years 2008 through 2011 and various other 2007 through 2011 models equipped with 6-cylinder engines such as the 328i and the 525i. The potential hazard in these vehicles involve a heater with a positive crank case ventilation valve which can overheat and cause the valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire even when the vehicle is not in use. This recall involves more than 740,000 vehicles. Thus far, no injuries have been reported due to this defect.
The second recall involves many of the popular 3 series BMWs for model years 2006 through 2011. In these vehicles the wiring and electrical conductors in the climate control system are vulnerable to overheating. Such overheating can cause the connectors to melt which increases the potential for a fire even when the vehicles are not in use. Thus far, 4 drivers have reported injuries as a result of this defect.
An ABC News investigation, which aired this past May, found more than 40 instances over the past 5 years where parked BMWs, including some that had been turned off for days, spontaneously burst into flames. According to a New York Times article, BMW has stated that dealers will replace the recalled components without charge.
Source: An AP article appearing at usatoday.com on November 3, 2017 entitled “Fire Hazard: BMW Recalls 1.4M Vehicles Due to Risk of Under-Hood Fires” and an article appearing at NYTimes.com on November 4, 2017 entitled “BMW Recalls Roughly a Million Vehicles at Risk of Catching Fire” by Christin Caron