Following numerous fire-catching incidents, BMW recalls over a million luxury cars, and has issued a warning asking drivers to park vehicles in the open till the replacements are made.
The German car maker was forced to recall over a million cars and SUVs under two different recalls. The company says the risk of fire is very low in both cases, but the vehicles should stay outside ‘in an abundance of caution.’
The first voluntary recall affects certain BMW 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011. While the second recall will address a problem with a heater valve in certain 2007-2011 BMW models equipped with a 6-cylinder engine.
The recalls have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States, it isn’t confirmed if these recalls would be extended to the rest of the world.
The models that are affected by these recalls include the BMW 3-series, 5-series, X5, X3 and Z3. About 740,000 cars from 2007-20011 models of 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 been recalled, while the other 673,000 cars are from the 2007-2011 models of 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328i xDrive, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335i xDrive, 335xi, 335d, 335is and M3.
The fire catching problem seems to be existent for quite a few time now, but rise in such incidents have forced BMW to finally recall these cars back. A recent report from ABC News says at-least 40 BMW cars had caught fire, while just being parked, over the past 5 years.
Repairs are expected to start on December 18.