BMW Recalling 1.4 Million Vehicles For Risk Of Fires

(CNN Money) — BMW is recalling 1.4 million cars and SUVs in North America due to the risk they could catch fire.

The company has filed two recalls with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They affect versions of the 3-series, 5-series, X5, X3 and Z3. The largest of the recalls covers over 740,000 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 from 2007-2011. Also included is the 2008-2011 128i. All have 6-cylinder engines.

The first recall, which spans more than 740,000 vehicles, covers a part of the engine that can short circuit and melt. This increases the chances of a fire, even when the vehicle isn’t in use.

BMW, in its NHTSA filing, said it’s not aware of any related accidents or injuries.

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The second recall, which is for roughly 673,000 vehicles, deals with faulty wiring for the heating and air conditioning system. There’s a chance it can overheat, causing the electrical connectors to melt and increasing the risk of fire, even when the vehicle is unattended. This recall covers nearly 673,000 cars including the 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3 from the 2006-2011 model years. Also covered are the 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is, and the 2009-2011 335d.

BMW received four incident reports related to this issue, with three reports of injuries.

In both cases, dealers will replace the necessary parts starting Dec. 18.

— CNNMoney’s Peter Valdes-Dapena contributed to this story.

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