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Sunday, 5 November 2017

BMW Recalls One Million Luxury Cars Over Fire Fears While Warning Owners To Park Ouiside Until Repairs Are Made



BMW has recalled more than 1 million cars and SUVs in the US due to the risk of fires under the hood, and it's recommending that they be parked outdoors until repairs are made.
In the two separate recalls, the German carmaker says the risk of fire is very low in both cases, but the vehicles should say outside 'in an abundance of caution.' Repairs are expected to start on December 18.
The first voluntary recall affects certain BMW 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011, the company said in a statement.
PHOTO: Bill Macko lost his car and his home when his 2008 BMW X5 ignited in his garage.
The issue is related to potentially faulty wiring of the climate control blower fan which 'in extremely rare cases' could cause a fire, it said.
The second recall will address a problem with a heater valve in certain 2007-2011 BMW models 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.
BMW MODELS AFFECTED BY RECALL 

Model Years 2006-2011

323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3

Model Years 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, Z4 sDrive30i, 335i xDrive and 335is

Model Years 2008-2011 

128i 

Model Years 2009-2011

335d 
Documents posted Friday by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 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. Dealers will replace the heater.
The heater is designed to prevent the valve from freezing in cold temperatures, BMW spokesman Hector Arellano-Belloc said. But irregularities in manufacturing can cause corrosion can lead to overheating. 
Both recalls are for some 700,000 cars each but because there are 'a lot of overlaps' the total number of affected cars is around one million, spokesman Michael Rebstock told AFP.
The affected cars were produced in Spartanburg, South Carolina as well as in Germany, South Africa and several other countries, the spokesman said.
The largest of the recalls covers over 740,000 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 from 2007-2011. Also included is the 2008-2011 128i. All have 6-Cylinder engines. 
The other recall covers nearly 673,000 cars including the 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3 from the 2006-2011 model years. Also covered are the 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is, and the 2009-2011 335d.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5049045/BMW-recalls-one-million-luxury-cars-fire-fears.html#ixzz4xXFro2EB 
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