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Fire hazard risk poses danger to numerous BMW owners

Often, a product that malfunctions or is manufactured incorrectly results in injury to one person or a small group of consumers. In some cases, however, a fault in a specific product line may pose a danger to large numbers of people. For example, car owners in Louisiana and across the country might suffer injuries due to a certain make and model of vehicles that contain manufacturer defects that could cause accidents or other mishaps.

Recently, the BMW company issued two recalls encompassing approximately one million SUVs and passenger vehicles that pose a potential fire danger. It has been reported that over the past five years, at least 40 BMW vehicles spontaneously caught fire. Out of these, 12 vehicles were related to the recalls in question.

One recall involves a short-circuiting heater that is meant to prevent the positive crankcase ventilation system from freezing. The other recall pertains to electrical conductors and wiring in the vehicles’ climate control system that may overheat. The owners of affected BMWs may experience their vehicles spontaneously catching fire even after being parked for several days.

A BMW spokesperson advised owners to park their vehicles outside until they can bring them in for repairs, although he said the risk of fire is rare. The company will replace the recalled elements free of charge.

Defective products can pose dangers that range from minor injuries to life-threatening situations. This is especially true when it comes to faulty vehicles. It would not be unreasonable for consumers to seek compensation after being injured by a product through no fault of their own.

Source: The New York Times, "BMW Recalls Roughly a Million Vehicles at Risk of Catching Fire," Christina Caron, Nov. 4, 2017

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