While NHTSA could’t find evidence of a safety defect, they appeal drivers to report any weird incidents and potential safety problems to the agency
The network turned over its findings to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In a media statement, BMW reported it has investigated and inspected the cars cited in the ABC report, in some cases. In inspected cars where a root cause was determined for the fires, the company has not seen any pattern “related to quality or component failure.”
The vehicles range 1 to 15 years old and have mileage up to 232,250 miles, the company said. Vehicle fires can be caused by a variety of external reasons, including improper repair, unauthorized aftermarket modifications, flooding damage, rodent damage, improper preventative maintenance and arson, BMW said.
“With approximately 4.9 million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, fire incidents involving BMWs are extremely rare,” the company said. “BMW takes every incident very seriously and has a team dedicated to working with BMW owners, insurance companies and authorities to investigate vehicle fire incidents brought to our attention.”