The BMW brand is generally one with high engineering and performance standards. But, the German automaker recently announced that it is recalling 917,000 older cars and SUVs here in the U.S. The reason is an increased likelihood of engine compartment fires when driving or soon after they are parked. According to papers filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cause of the fires is an electrical short
The models effected
Most of these vehicles are recalled for the third time to fix this problem. The list includes many of these models manufactured between 2006 and 2013:
- 1 Series
- 3 Series
- 5 Series
Drivers of one of these vehicles (or any vehicle) should find a safe location to stop and then shut the vehicle off if they see smoke coming from the engine compartment or smell burning plastic. The company claims fires have been rare but would not comment on whether engine fires have caused damage to surrounding structures.
Other important details
BMW said it would start sending out letters to owners on April 25. Obviously, there are parts inventory issues due to the pandemic, but the manufacturer claims that shipping will be caught up by mid-year. That said, they still do not know how to best fix this dangerous problem. We will keep people updated as they reveal more details about this issue.