It isn’t often that an automaker launches a major recall large enough to catch the attention of mainstream news
BMW has just launched a major recall impacting 1.4 million cars and SUVs. The campaign is due to an issue that could lead to engine fires, exposing users to deadly accident risks.
While BMW is recalling 1.4 million cars, vehicles impacted are really being recalled in two different campaigns.
The largest campaign impacts 740,000 vehicles. They include the 2007 through 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 models as well as the 2008 through 2011 128i. All impacted vehicles have 6-Cylinder engines.
These vehicles come with a heater used in the positive crankcase ventilation valves that could overhear while in use, causing the valve to melt. If this is the case, there might be a fire even while the car is not in use.
The second recall impacts 673,000 vehicles. They are the 2006 through 2011 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3 vehicles as well as the 2007 through 2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is, and the 2009 through 2011 335d.
These vehicles come with wiring for heating and air conditioning systems that, if they overheat, they may cause connectors to melt.
This second recall has been associated with at least four incidents in which the drivers reported injuries.
Since this issue may lead to other similar incidents, car owners are being asked not to ignore this recall.
And while as personal injury attorneys we see all auto recalls as a threat, we urge drivers to act promptly so that their vehicles are not a liability. Still, we realize that this particular recall is special for the simple fact that it has been associated with four incidents.
Since it impacts to many cars across the country, we urge drivers to act promptly so that their vehicles are repaired immediately.
BMW should have all recalled vehicles repaired entirely for free.