An investigation has been launched into BMW after it was revealed that several of their vehicles were bursting into flames with little warning.
ABC News revealed that the investigation “discovered dozens of incidents in which the luxury cars caught fire even though owners reported they had parked their cars and turned them off.”
So far, at least 40 of these incidents have been reported, but the company has yet to issue an open recall.
Two years ago, a 2008 BMW X5 owned by Maryland resident Bill Macko and his wife burst into flames. Macko said he and his wife returned home from a short trip. After parking the vehicle and turning it off, his wife told her husband that she smelled something strange. When they went outside to check the vehicle, it was on fire.
Rather than help the family, BMW ignored Macko’s calls and refused to help him.
“You’re at wit’s end — you don’t know what to do,” he told ABC News. I feel like I’m just tossed aside. You know, it’s just a number. And so, it’s disheartening, I guess, when you’re so loyal to a particular product or brand or whatever, and then you’re treated like this. Not even an apology.”
See below, ABC’s investigation into the fatal flaw in BMW’s vehicles:
Officials from the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, and Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety are looking into the matter and have been urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to intervene.
“They definitely should,” remarked CARS president Rosemary Shanan. “They should be investigating and getting documents from BMW and find out what’s going on.”
“There needs to be a more aggressive approach to look at this,” added Jackie Gillan, the president of AHAS.
In response to ABC’s story, BMW has released the following statement:
“In the few cases that we have inspected and are able to determine root cause, we have not seen any pattern related to quality or component failure,” the statement said. “Vehicle fires can result from a wide variety of external reasons unrelated to product defect.”
However, BMW’s statement wasn’t good enough for Gillian.
“(I)t does seem to me that there’s a pattern here and the agency should look into it.”
If you own a BMW vehicle, you may want to look into it and make sure that your model is safe. You don’t want to put your family or loved ones in harm’s way.
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