BMW recalls over 917,000 vehicles due to engine fire risk

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BMW is recalling more than 917,000 vehicles due to Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve heaters that can overheat due to an electrical short, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire while driving or shortly thereafter have been parked.

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The recall affects certain 1, 3, 5, Z4, X3 SAV AND X5 SAV series vehicles between model years 2006 and 2013, documents posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website March 2.

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The majority of vehicles had already been recalled in 2017 and 2019 for the same problem. Owners who have already made repairs will need to have their vehicle repaired again.

Although BMW has documented eight reports of fires since the start of 2019, the company said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

The logo of German automaker BMW is pictured on a BMW car ahead of the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

“The cure and a sufficient inventory of parts are expected by mid-2022,” a spokesperson for the automaker told FOX Business on Thursday. “In the meantime, as the probability of breakdown is extremely low, customers can continue to drive their vehicles.”

Notification letters will be sent to vehicle owners on April 25.

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Drivers who smell smoke or the smell of burning plastic coming from the engine compartment should carefully pull away from oncoming traffic, stop in a safe place, and turn off the vehicle’s engine. All occupants should exit the vehicle carefully and go to a safe place away from traffic.

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