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From Products Liability Law Daily, November 3, 2017

BMW issues two safety recalls impacting 1.4M vehicles

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

BMW of North America, LLC has announced two recalls affecting around 1,413,336 vehicles. The details of each recall appear below.

2006-2011 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, and M3; 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is; and 2009-2011 335d vehicles. BMW has recalled approximately 672,775 2006-2011 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, and M3; 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is; and 2009-2011 335d vehicles because the wiring and electrical connectors for the system that controls air flow for the heating and air conditioning may overheat. The company warns that wiring that overheats could cause the electrical connectors to melt, and increase the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is unattended (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 17V676, Report receipt date: October 25, 2017).

Remedy. BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiring and electrical connectors, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2017.

2008-2011 128i and 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, and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles. BMW has recalled around 740,561 2008-2011 128i and 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, and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles because the heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may short circuit. According to the company, an electrical short can cause the parts within the PCV valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 17V683, Report receipt date: October 30, 2017).

Remedy. BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PCV valve heater, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2017.

Contact information. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: BMW of North America, LLC

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