BMW issues recalls for fire risk, recommends parking outside

BMW AG said on Friday it is recalling about 1 million vehicles in North America for two separate issues involving fire risks and said it may expand the recalls to other countries.

The recall covers 2008-2011 of the 128i BMWs, as well as 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 and Z4 sDrive30i BMWs. BMW advises owners of affected vehicles to leave them parked outside "in an abundance of caution". These are at risk of having a valve heater that might become rusty and end up in flames, though such cases are rare.

"We are examining whether it will be necessary in the future to widen this (recall) into other countries", he said.

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Dealers will replace wiring and connectors on 2006-2011 3 Series models equipped with gasoline and diesel 6-cylinder engines, as well as the M3 performance model.

According to the statistics published on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site, each problem could affect close to 700,000 vehicles.

In 2011, BMW made a quality improvement to the blower-regulator wiring harness. BMW received additional incidents over the next few years. Then, in September, there was one more incident that involved BMW's 2011 3 Series model.

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BMW said that dealers will fix the vehicles for free. It received other reports and continued to review the issue and inspect returned parts, but had no reports of injuries or crashes related to the issue. The firm said that if the wiring experienced an extreme amount of heat, it could cause the electrical connectors to melt.

Repairs are to begin on December 18th, 2017, and certain 3 Series models are included in both recalls.

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