On November 4, 2017, BMW issued two recalls involving more than one-million vehicles that are at risk of catching fire even when not in use.
The first recall affects the following models and years:
Roughly 672,000 cars in total. The recall is due to a default in the vehicles’ wiring and electrical conductors within the climate control system that are vulnerable to overheating.
The second, larger recall affects the following models and years:
Roughly 740,000 cars in total. This recall involves a defect in the heater designed to keep the positive crankcase ventilation from freezing has the potential to short-circuit and cause parts inside the valve to melt.
BMW spokesman, Hector Arellano-Belloc asserts that the risk of fire is “extremely rare” but the company is asking car owners to park their affected cars outdoors “in an abundance of caution” until the vehicles are repaired. BMW knows of three injuries that may be related to the first recall but none with the second.
BMW is expected to notify care owners of the recalled vehicles on December 18, 2017, and its dealers will replace the recalled components free of charge.