Concern over the safety of BMW cars is mounting in the wake of a new report that found dozens of examples of mysterious fires breaking out in vehicles that had been parked for as long as several days.
More than 40 parked BMWs that are not under an open recall have caught fire in the US over the past five years, with similar incidents in Sweden, China, India, and South Korea, the ABC News report from Thursday found.
The inexplicable fires range across several models, years, and generations of the iconic luxury brand’s vehicles, which can range in price to over $100,000.
BMW is denying that they’ve found ‘any pattern related to quality or component failure’ and says that out of the 4.9million vehicles it has on US roads, fire incidents are exceedingly rare.
After a spate of BMW fires in South Korea, a government investigation found a possible fuel leak, leading to a 1,700-car recall, but it is unknown if the American fires are related to that issue.
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More than 40 parked BMWs that are not under an open recall have caught fire in the US over the past five years, according to a new report out Thursday
A parked 2012 BMW X6 is seen engulfed in flames in Delray Beach, Florida in July 2015
In October of 2016, Tar Zaide had just parked his 2011 BMW 328 in an Oshwa, Canada parking lot on his way to visit a client when it began smoking and then burst into flames
The dramatic, sudden fires in parked cars have left dozens of drivers bereft of their prized luxury vehicles, and at least one man homeless when a car fire in his garage burned his home down.
In December of 2015, Bill Macko was in his Olney, Maryland when his wife parked their 2008 BMW X5, which originally retailed for $46,200, in the garage after a short drive,
Macko, a lifelong BMW enthusiast who had purchased seven of the high-end cars over the years, told ABC that he walked into the garage to investigate a strange smell, and heard a ‘snap, crackle, pop’ as he entered.
The car burst into flames, and Macko and his wife ran out of the house and watched as firefighters battled the inferno, which ultimately engulfed and gutted their home.
Sixteen months later, he and his wife are still staying with relatives, unsure when they will be able to return to their rebuilt home.
In another case, in New York’s Westchester County, the owner of a 2003 BMW told fire crews it had been sitting parked for three or four days before bursting into flames.
In Brookhaven, Georgia, after an unexpected snowfall in January 2014, one motorist left his BMW E36 M3 on the impassable road overnight. It burst into flames before he returned
The BMW in Brookhaven, Georgia was quickly engulfed in flames as police looked on
‘Which we thought was a little peculiar,’ Mamaroneck Fire Chief Tracey Schmaling told WABC.
In October of 2016, Tar Zaide had just parked his 2011 BMW 328 in an Oshwa, Canada parking lot on his way to visit a client when it began smoking and then burst into flames.
‘My son saved by seconds,’ wrote the person who posted a video of the fire on YouTube. ‘Cannot believe what we were seeing.’
In Brookhaven, Georgia, after an unexpected snowfall in January 2014, one motorist left his BMW E36 M3 on the impassable road overnight.
Tar Zaide had just left his 2011 BMW 328 for a few minutes when it burst into flames
Before he returned the next day, the car was engulfed in flames, the Associated Press reported.
Across the Atlantic, John Minkhe of Sweden got a rude surprise in April 2014.
‘An explosive fire started in our BMW X5 a few minutes after my wife and two kids switched off the engine and left the car,’ he explained in a post on YouTube.
The car was ‘totally flashed over’ within 10 minutes, Minkhe wrote.
‘My family has had BMW since beginning of 2000s, we thought we invested in quality and safety according to the premium brand BMW considered to be – unfortunately we were wrong,’ he added.
John Minkhe of Sweden said his BMW X5 burst into flames a few minutes after his wife and children switched off the engine and got out of the car……more here