BMW first got a report of an incident in 2008 involving heat- related damage to a 2006 3-Series sedan, but did not determine a root cause. In 2011, BMW made a quality improvement to the blower-regulator wiring harness but a few incidents occurred later. Dealers will replace a wiring harness if necessary and potentially additional parts. The second recall covers 740,000 U.S. 2007-2011 vehicles with a valve heater that could rust and lead to a fire in rare cases, even when the vehicle isn’t in use. The recall includes some 128i vehicles, 3-Series, 5-Series and X3, X5 and Z4 vehicles. Dealers will replace the valve heater.
BMW said both recalls followed recent meetings with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both recalls begin Dec. 18. The German automaker also issued a recommendation: it’s better that the vehicles included in recall be parked outdoors until repairs are made. The BMW company was founded in 1916 and has its headquarters in Munich, Bavaria. In 2015, BMW was the world’s twelfth largest producer of motor vehicles. It produces motor vehicles in Germany, Brazil, China, India, South Africa and the United States.