BMW Recalling 1.4 Million Vehicles Over Fire Risks

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, Automotive Editor - November 7, 2017

BMW issued a recall for about 1.4 million vehicles in North America for two separate issues, both of which could lead to an increased risk of fire. For now, the recall only affects vehicles in the United States and about 15,000 in Canada, but the automaker says the recall may expand to other countries.

The larger recall affects approximately 740,000 2007 to 2011 BMW models equipped with a faulty valve heater which could rust and lead to a fire. Vehicles involved include some 128i, 3-Series, 5-Series, X3, X5, and Z4 models. The valve heater problem first cropped up in 2009 when BMW received a report of heat-related damage to the engine compartment of a 2007 X5. No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the faulty part.

The second recall is for around 670,000 2006 to 2011 BMW 3-Series models where a wiring issue with the heating and air conditioning systems could overheat, increasing the risk of a fire. BMW first heard of the issue in 2008 and monitored it closely. Between 2007 and 2014, there were no reports of injuries related to the issue. However, in 2015, BMW learned of three incidents that led to alleged injuries.

Vehicles affected by the wiring issue will have the wiring harness replaced along with any other needed parts. Vehicles with the valve heater issue will get the part replaced with an updated unit. BMW says it will soon start notifying owners of affected vehicles, and its dealerships will begin replacing the faulty parts in December.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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