BMW issues massive recalls because of a potentially deadly flaw under the hood

BMW has issued not one, but two recalls that affect an estimated 1.4 million vehicles because they may catch fire.

It will be at least a month before the luxury automobile manufacturer gets started on the repairs according to Jalopnik. BMW has asked in the meantime, that owners park their vehicles outside.

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The two recalls are both related to catching fire. One is for a wiring issue in the air-conditioning system, while the other is an electrical short that can cause a valve from the crankcase to melt.

The cars affected in the first recall are listed below in a statement from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2006-2011 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3, 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is and 2009-2011 335d vehicles. The wiring and electrical connectors for the system that controls air flow for the heating and air conditioning system may overheat.

Vehicles affected by the electrical short problem are also listed below according to the NHTSA:

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2008-2011 128i and 2007-2011 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. The heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may short circuit.

According to the Associated Press, a BMW spokesperson has said that the risk of fires in both recalls are low. But it's probably better to be safe than sorry and park the vehicles outside until they can be repaired.

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Recall repairs are scheduled to begin Dec. 18, 2017.