BMW stated it is recalling about 1 million vehicles in North America for two different concerns involving fire risks and informed it could extend the recalls to other countries.
One recall covers 670,000 2006-2011 U.S. 3-Series vehicles to deal with a wiring problem for heating and a/c systems that may overheat and could boost the threat of a fire.
The second recall covers 740,000 U.S. 2007-2011 vehicles with a valve heating unit that could rust and result in a fire in unusual cases. The recall consist of some 128i cars, 3-Series, 5-Series and X3, X5 and Z4 vehicles.
BMW spokesman Michael Rebstock stated the recalls overlap and cover about 1 million vehicles, almost all in the United States and about 15,000 in Canada. He stated the recalls could be expanded.
“We are taking a look whether it will be needed in the future to expand this (recall) into other countries,” he stated.
BMW said both remembers followed new meetings with the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In the heating and a/c recall, BMW informed NHTSA it first got a report of an incident in 2008 including heat- associated damage to a 2006 3-Series sedan, however did not figure out a source. The automaker continued to keep an eye on more field incidents in the following years.