ABC News is reporting on multiple reports of BMW luxury cars catching fire while parked, sometimes for hours or even days.
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May 12, 2017 – The report, aired Thursday on Good Morning America, noted dozens of incidents in which BMWs burst into flames even though owners reported they had parked their cars and turned them off. After initially denying knowledge of any such incident, a BMW spokesman says the company has investigated the fires and “not seen any pattern” related to a “product defect.”
BMW has issued multiple recalls for fire-related problems over the years; however, the ABC investigation found more than 40 reports over the past 5 years of fires in parked BMWs that did not have open recalls for fire-related issues.
The automaker said in a written statement that with nearly 5 million BMWs on the road in the U.S., reports of vehicle fires are rare and “can result from a wide variety of external reasons unrelated to product defect.”
A BMW spokesperson suggested other potential causes of car fires include a lack of maintenance, improper maintenance by unauthorized mechanics, aftermarket modifications, rodent nesting and even arson.
Affected BMW models range from 1 to 15 years old and include a wide variety of potentially defective components, which makes spotting a pattern much harder. All of the vehicles have different chassis, can come with different engines, and have extremely different electrical systems.
“With approximately 4.9 million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, fire incidents involving BMWs are very rare,” the automaker said in a written statement. “BMW takes every incident very seriously and has a dedicated team prepared to work with BMW owners, insurance companies and authorities to investigate any vehicle fire incident that is brought to our attention.”
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