BMW Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles In The U.S. Over Fire Issue

BMW has announced that it is recalling 1.4 million vehicles in the United States due to fire risks.

The German automaker has identified two possible causes of fires in many of its vehicles built between 2006 and 2011. The first cause is wiring in the air-conditioning system which can overheat. The second explanation behind fires involves a short circuit of the positive crankcase ventilation valve which could cause the PCV to melt and lead to a fire.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicles impacted by the first issue are certain 2006-2011 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3, 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is and 2009-2011 335d vehicles.

Meanwhile, those impacted by a potentially faulty PCV valve are certain 2008-2011 128i and 2007-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles.

Due to the risk of fire, BMW is encouraging owners of these vehicles to keep them parked outside at all times.

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  • Rahul Patel

    Wasn’t BMW denying fault not that long ago?

    BMW says it has nothing to apologize for. In a written statement, BMW said that with almost five million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, such fire incidents are rare, and based on its investigation, “we have not seen any pattern related to quality or component failure. Vehicle fires can result from a wide variety of external reasons unrelated to product defect.”

    A spokesperson suggested several other potential causes of car fires other than a manufacturing defect, including a lack of maintenance, improper maintenance by unauthorized mechanics, aftermarket modifications, rodent nesting and even arson.

    “I have heard from owners that when they confront BMW about their incident, they’re told that this is the first time that BMW has ever heard of it,” Santoli told ABC News. “I think some of it is an example of BMW burying their heads in the sand.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/bmw-mystery-fires-abc-news-investigation/story?id=47335778

  • Rahul Patel

    Not sure where my previous post went, but wasn’t BMW just denying any fault as recently as six months ago?

    BMW says it has nothing to apologize for. In a written statement, BMW said that with almost five million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, such fire incidents are rare, and based on its investigation, “we have not seen any pattern related to quality or component failure. Vehicle fires can result from a wide variety of external reasons unrelated to product defect.” – ABC News.

    • Jay

      Yeah I was just about to say this, I’m glad they found the issue.

  • Six_Tymes

    that’ll buff out.

  • Bash

    wow, this will have an echo for sure.

  • S3XY

    The 3 Tesla fires back in 2015 were extremely important and very very serious. Over 1 million BMW’s that could possibly catch fire is really no big deal. Keyword, “could”…. Carry on.

  • dragoneroscuro

    Quality made in Germany

  • Infinite1

    BMW finally owning up to the issue.

  • Andrew Ngo

    These issues still do not explain the reason why BMWs caught fire after being parked for few hours.

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