Last Wednesday, BMW announced a recall on over 1 million vehicles worldwide due to a fire risk stemming from certain vehicle engines. This is the third recall the German automaker has had regarding this issue since 2017.
The latest recall was prompted by numerous reports of fires of BMW vehicles that had been previously recalled and repaired. Upon an internal investigation done by BMW, they concluded that supplier production issues could create PCV valve heater damage. Fortunately, BMW had said they had not seen any reports of injury due to the issue. BMW said that many vehicles that were previously recalled and repaired will need a new repair, but the remedy is currently being developed. BMW expects the solution and required parts should be ready by mid-2022.
The recall involves many different vehicle models from 2006 all the way to 2013. The models included in the recall are some 1 Series, 3 Series, X3, 5 Series, X5 and Z4 models. The recall affects 916,000 vehicles in the United States, 98,000 in Canada and another 17,000 in South Korea.
BMW emphasized that if your vehicle is involved in the recall that you can continue driving. However, if you see smoke coming from the engine compartment, smell a smoke or burnt plastic odour, you should stop driving immediately.
Most automobile enthusiasts are well aware that frigid winter temperatures can adversely affect the total driving range of an electric vehicle (EV). This quirk is often cited by proponents of gasoline-powered cars as a reason why EVs may face challenges in certain regions. However, recent research from Automotive News suggests that extreme heat can have similar, if not more significant, impacts on EV range.
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