The German auto manufacturer, BMW, has issued a recall on one million of their cars and SUVs in the United States. The massive recall is two different recalls that both present a fire risk in the vehicles.
The first recall affects 740,000 vehicles ranging from model years 2007-2011. BMW’s 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 have all been recalled. Also included is the 2008-2011 128i. All the vehicles have 6-cylinder engines. In these vehicles, the heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve can overheat, causing the valve to melt. This increases the risk for a fire under the hood when the vehicle is not in use. BMW dealers will replace the heater.
The second recall affects 673,000 vehicles ranging from model years 2006-2011. The recalled models are the 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3. Also recalled are the 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is, and the 2009-2011 335d. In these vehicles, the wiring for the heating and air conditioning can overheat causing connectors to melt. This also increases the risk for a fire even when vehicles are not in use. BMW dealers will replace the wiring and connectors.
A BMW spokesperson says the risk for a fire is low, but owners should keep their vehicles parked outside until they are repaired.
At this time, BMW says there have been no reports of injuries in the United States due to the defect. BMW says repairs are expected to begin on December 18, 2017.
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