About 1 million BMW owners around the country can expect to receive recall notices in the coming weeks. Two recalls involving vehicles produced by German carmaker between 2006 and 2011 were announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Nov. 2. The cars and SUVs are being recalled to remedy issues that have been linked to a series of fires. BMW says that its dealers in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. will begin performing the needed repairs at no charge on Dec. 18.
Media outlets began reporting in May about a series of mysterious fires involving parked BMW vehicles. More than 40 cases were discovered, and some of the vehicles involved had been standing idle for several days before catching fire. BMW initially denied that any manufacturing or product defect was responsible, and the company blamed the fires on arson, nesting rodents and owners who failed to adequately maintain their vehicles or used mechanics who lacked the training necessary to work on complex luxury automobiles.
One of the recalls involves faulty positive crankcase ventilation valves and covers 740,561 BMW vehicles manufactured between 2007 and 2011. The second recall addresses problems with the wiring and electrical connectors used in BMW heating and air conditioning systems and covers 672,775 vehicles produced between 2006 and 2011. Many BMW 3-series models are covered by both recalls.
Manufacturers often blame the injuries caused by their defective products on negligent or reckless consumers, and experienced personal injury attorneys may anticipate these arguments when preparing product liability lawsuits. Attorneys may seek to find out if other consumers have also had problems with the product concerned or suffered injuries, and they could use this information to encourage manufacturers to avoid potentially damaging publicity and soaring legal costs by settling claims quickly.
Source: ABC News, “BMW recalls 1 million vehicles for fire risk”, Brian Ross, Nov. 3, 2017