According to a news report posted on abcnews.go.com, BMW has initiated another recall concerning dangerous engine fire risks. The fire recall is the 3rd time BMW has recalled its vehicles for engine fire dangers. This recall involves over 900,000 SUVs and sedans sold inside the United States. This engine fire recall, which was announced on March 3, 2022, involves several 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, X5, X3, and Z4 motor vehicles manufactured and sold from 2006 through 2013. The ongoing engine compartment fire issue could lead to accidents and house fires.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated in documents that there the defect could be an electrical short in the “positive crankcase ventilation valve heater.” This heater could overheat and lead to an engine compartment fire.
According to the recall, the fire hazard occurs when the vehicles are being operated or while the vehicles are parked soon after a drive. BMW has reported that the vehicles may still be driven, but the recalled vehicles should not be parked in garages until repaired. BMW did not comment when the company was asked if engine fires had spread to homes or buildings.
BMW also reported that when drivers smell smoke or burning plastic or see smoke emanating from the engine compartment, they are urged to pull the vehicle over, turn off the engine, and leave the motor vehicle.
BMW is still working on a solution to the problem. U.S. BMW spokesperson Jay Hanson stated in an e-mail that the repair and a good parts inventory should happen by mid-2022. Affected vehicle owners will receive a letter concerning the recall around April 25, 2022.
Most of the same motor vehicles were recalled back in 2017 and 2019 for the same engine fire issue. BMW documents state that any owners who had their automobiles repaired for this issue in previous recalls must have their vehicles repaired again.
According to BMW, there have been eight reports of engine fires.
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