The luxury automaker, BMW, is set to recall a total of 184,505 vehicles, which includes some coupes, wagons, and sedans, because of a fire risk. On April 4, 2019, the automaker filed documents with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) naming the 2006 models of the BMW 5-Series and 3-Series, as well as the Z4 coupe as affected with the fire risk. BMW is only estimating that about one percent of the recalled vehicles should be defective in some way. Along with such, the recall also affects the sport wagon models of the 3-Series and 5-Series.
What’s Wrong with the Vehicles
BMW says that about 38,734 5-Series sedans, 131,597 3-Series sedans, 3,491 sport wagons, 294 Z4 coupes, and 2,050 sports wagon are included with the recall.
The vehicles have an issue that stems from the heater for the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation valve). Because of irregularities in the manufacturing process, the heater could short-circuit if it is exposed to moisture for an extended period of time. Because of the added heat from the short-circuit, the plastic components could melt or degrade which can lead to the vehicle overheating. Though it isn’t a guarantee it is going to overheat, it is still a significant concern for the automaker.
What to Do
Owners of any affected vehicles are going to receive a mailed notification about this recall within the next few weeks. The notice is going to give instructions on what to do. Owners of the vehicles are going to be asked to take their car to a dealership and have the PCV valve inspected. If it is shown to be faulty, a new component can be installed for free. Along with such, other components might be replaced free of charge if necessary for the safety of the vehicle. If owners already fixed the problem, they are eligible for reimbursement.