BMW issues recalls for fire risk, recommends parking outside

The logo of German car manufacturer BMW is photographed at a BMW M6 Coupe car during the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

DETROIT (AP) — BMW is recalling more than 1 million cars and SUVs in two U.S. recalls due to the risk of fires under the hood, and it’s recommending that they be parked outdoors until repairs are made.

A spokesman for the German automaker says the risk of fire is very low in both cases, but the vehicles should say outside “in an abundance of caution.” In both recalls, repairs are expected to start on Dec. 18.

The largest of the recalls covers over 740,000 vehicles from 2007-2011.

328i
328xi
328i xDrive
525i
525xi
528i
528xi
530i
530xi
X3 3.0si
X3 xDrive30i
X5 xDrive30i
Z4 3.0i
Z4 3.0si
Z4 sDrive30i

Also included is the 2008-2011 128i. All have 6-Cylinder engines.

Documents posted Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that a heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve can overheat and cause the valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire even when the vehicle is not in use. No injuries have been reported. Dealers will replace the heater.

The heater is designed to prevent the valve from freezing in cold temperatures, BMW spokesman Hector Arellano-Belloc said. But irregularities in manufacturing can cause corrosion can lead to overheating.

The other recall covers nearly 673,000 cars from the 2006-2011 model years.
323i
325i
325xi
328i
328xi
330i
330xi
335i
335xi
M3
Also covered are the 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is, and the 2009-2011 335d.

Wiring for the heating and air conditioning system can overheat and cause connectors to melt, also increasing the fire risk, even when vehicles are unattended. Four drivers reported injuries. BMW says a wiring connection can corrode and in rare cases cause fires.

Dealers will replace the wiring and connectors.

The recalls total about 1.4 million vehicles, but some are included in both, BMW said.