The car manufacturer BMW has issued a recall of more than 1 million cars and SUVs in the United States due to the risks of fires occurring under the hood. Until repairs are made, the car company suggests that the vehicles remain parked outdoors.
In two separate recalls, BMW maintains that the risk of fire is very low in both cases, but urges the vehicles should stay outside “in an abundance of caution,” according to Hiptoro.com.
The first voluntary recall affects BMW 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011, and involves a potentially faulty wiring of the climate control blower fan. The second recall addresses a problem with the heater valve in certain 2007-2011 BMW models that are equipped with a 6-cylinder engine.
“Irregularities in the manufacturing process could lead to corrosion and in extremely rare cases may lead to a thermal event,” the company said in a statement.
According to documents posted Friday by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve can overheat and cause the valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire—even when the vehicle is not in use.
BMW spokesman Hector Arellano-Belloc said that the heater is designed to prevent the valve from freezing even in cold temperatures. Unfortunately, irregularities in manufacturing may have caused corrosion that could lead to overheating.
In May, ABC News investigated cases from the last five years of 40 different BMWs catching fire while parked. BMW initially denied that they had found “any pattern related to quality or component failure” and said that out of the 4.9 million vehicles operating on US roads, fire incidents are, historically, exceedingly rare.
Some of the vehicles that have caught fire cost over $100,000, leaving owners bereft of their expensive rides. In one case, a man lost his home when his BMW caught fire inside his garage.
Dealers have agreed to replace the heater. The repairs are expected to start on December 18.
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