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BMW Recalls 1 Million North American Vehicles for Faulty Wiring and Valve Heaters that Could Cause Vehicle Fires


BMW AG is recalling roughly 1 million North American vehicles because of faulty parts that could cause a fire under the hood, even when a car is parked.

While the German automaker maintains that the risk of fire is extremely low, the company is asking owners of the recalled BMW vehicles to keep their cars parked outside “in an abundance of caution” until repairs can be made.

Recalled 3-Series BMW Vehicles Implicated in Three Injuries

BMW is recalling  more than 672,000 2006-2011 Model Year 3-series vehicles out of concern that wiring for the air conditioning and heating system could overheat and cause a fire.

The German automaker received one report of heat- related damage to a 2006 3-Series sedan back in 2008. However, the company was unable to determine the root cause and continued to monitor for additional incidents over the ensuing years.

In 2015, BMW learned of three incidents involving alleged injuries.

In early September, the company became aware of another case involving a 2011 BMW 3 Series sedan.

The vehicles affected by this recall include:

2006-2011 Model Year:

  • 323i
  • 325i
  • 325xi
  • 328i
  • 328xi
  • 330i
  • 330xi
  • 335i
  • 335xi
  • M3

2007-2011 Model Year:

  • 328i xDrive
  • 335i xDrive
  • 335is

2009-2011 Model Year:

  • 335d

740,000 BMW Vehicles Recalled for Defective PCV Valve Heater

The second BMW recall covers 740,000 vehicles with a defective positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve heater.

The PCV valve heater prevents the valve from freezing in cold temperatures. However, manufacturing irregularities could cause the valve to corrode, increasing the risk of a fire even when the vehicle is not in use.

BMW received the first report related to a faulty PCV valve heater in 2009. The company has received other reports since then and has continued to review the problem and inspect returned parts.

So far, there have been no reports of injuries or crashes related to this problem.

Vehicles affected by this recall include:

2007-2011 Model Year:

  • 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

 2008-2011 Model Year:

  • 128i

BMW Owners to Be Notified in December while Recall Could Expand to Other Countries

Some BMW vehicles are affected by both recalls. Nearly all were sold in the United States, while 15,000 were sold in Canada. However, the automaker has warned that the recalls could eventually expand to other countries.

The company will begin informing owners of the recall on December 18th.  Owners can also use  BMW’s website to determine if their car is included.

BMW dealers will replace the recalled components without charge.

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