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BMW To Recall 1.03 Mln Vehicles Globally To Fix An Engine Fire Risk


BMW To Recall 1.03 Mln Vehicles Globally To Fix An Engine Fire Risk
German Luxury car maker BMW will be recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles from all over the world because of potential fire hazards in the vehicles, the company said on Wednesday. This is the third time that the German automaker has been forced to recall its cars globally since 2017.
The latest recalls of BMW vehicles include a wide range of its cars that were made in 2006 and 2013 and include specific 1 Series, 3 Series, X3, 5 Series, X5, and Z4 models. The car maker said that the possible fire hazard emanates from the heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve (PCV) as the company said that it could face short-circuiting which enhances the possibility of a fire in such vehicles, albeit under extremely rare circumstances.
The recall will impact 917,106 vehicles in the United States, 98,000 in Canada, and 18,000 in South Korea, BMW said.
This latest recall replaces and expands the company’s recalls done in 2017 and 2019 which affected 740,000 and 184,000 vehicles in the United States, respectively for the two years.
BMW said that a new fix would be required for many of the vehicles that were redone and refitted in the previous two recalls and the company is currently developing the latest fix. The company expects to find a solution to the latest problem and possess enough inventory of required parts by the middle of this year, the company added.
The latest recall however does not include a section of the vehicles that were recalled in the previous two recalls since those vehicles were manufactured fitted with an enhanced PCV valve heater design, BMW said.
A series of reports of fires in BMW vehicles that the company had previously recalled and had been worked upon had prompted this latest recall. An investigation of the reported fire incidents revealed an issue in the parts made by its suppliers which the company estimated could result in PCV valve heater damage in the field, BMW said.
There was however no reports of any incidents of accidents or injuries linked to the latest recall, the company said. There was also no need for the owners of the vehicles that had been recalled to stop driving the vehicles but should not drive the vehicles if they see smoke from the area near the engine compartment or get any smell of smoke or odor of burning plastic, the company added.