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BMW Owners Report Vehicles Catching Fire While Parked

Dozens of BMW luxury cars have been reported to suddenly burst into flames after being parked and turned off, according to an ABC News Investigation.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your BMW caught fire, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

Update: BMW Recalls 7-Series Cars Amid Reports of Doors Flying Open

May 30, 2017 – BMW is recalling over 45,000 7-Series sedans because the doors may open during driving or refuse to shut. The recall affects model years 2005-08 with BMW’s “Comfort Access” or “Soft Close Automatic” that allows the doors to be closed more gently than traditional doors.

What’s the Problem?

May 12, 2017 – All reports of BMW fires are coming from owners whose cars had been parked for various periods of time, ranging from hours to days. It’s still unclear what may be causing the problem, although there has been some speculation about an electrical issue such as damaged wiring or improperly secured battery terminals.

“A lot of the power to these electronic systems is going to remain on in the vehicle even when the vehicle’s off,” said Sean Kane, founder and president of Safety Research & Strategies. “And once the electrical system starts going, you’ve got plenty of combustibles under the hood.”

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.

A spokesperson for BMW said there could be many reasons why a vehicle could catch fire that aren’t product-defect related. Potential causes include a lack of maintenance, improper maintenance by unauthorized mechanics, aftermarket modifications, rodent nesting and arson can all be causes of fires.

“With approximately 4.9 million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, fire incidents involving BMWs are very rare,” the automaker said. “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.”

Do I Have a BMW Fire Lawsuit?

The Personal Injury & Products Liability Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in BMW recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Free Drug Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if your BMW caught fire, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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