Recalled BMW catches fire in Chattanooga family’s garage

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- A recall that is impacting millions of BMW drives is hitting close to home for a family in Chattanooga.

The owner, Kevin Muhammad, has an urgent warning after his car went up in flames. Muhammad is just grateful that this is the only thing that he has to clean up after his car caught fire this weekend. He and his son put the car in neutral, pushed it out of the garage and the flaming car… landed in his yard.

Muhammad says,”I didn’t have time to think scary. Number 1 I had to think about the protection of my family.”

He was astounded that his paid off car just randomly caught fire so he did I little research and found that his car was on a national recall list…. and Muhammad hadn’t received any notification about this deadly defect.

“Profit is not more important than lives… this is a public safety issue I am not concerned about money. I am concerned about my family being safe when I park a car in the garage … I am concerned about with other families who have been getting the run around from BMW,” says Muhammad.

The cars are said to have a defective wiring mechanism that causes connectors to overheat, causing a potential fire risk. A risk that Muhammad says isn’t worth taking.

“I never thought it was going to happen to us… but it did. Take it serious. Your family is way more important than a car. if you have one of these cars currently .. don’t leave that car in the garage until you know it’s safe,” Muhammad says.

BMW says local dealerships are aware of the problem and they should be beginning repairs soon. There are a couple different recalls.

The largest of the BMW 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.

CBS reports that U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve can overheat and cause the valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire even when the vehicle is not in use.

The heater is designed to prevent the valve from freezing in cold temperatures, BMW spokesman Hector Arellano-Belloc said. But irregularities in manufacturing can cause corrosion can lead to overheating.

Another 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.

To check if your car is on this list, you can check BMW’s website here.



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