An ABC News investigation airing today on Good Morning America, World News Tonight with David Muir and Nightline has reported incidents in which BMW vehicles caught fire even though owners reported they had parked their cars and turned them off. After initially saying they were unaware of any such incidents, a BMW spokesman says the company has investigated the fires brought to its attention by ABC News and has “not seen any pattern” related to a “product defect.” ABC News video below.
Also, I just got a response directly from BMW Corporate. If you own a BMW, only take it to an authorized BMW center for servicing! See below.
With approximately 4.9 million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, fire incidents involving BMWs are very rare. 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.
We have investigated and in some cases inspected the vehicle identified by ABC News. These vehicles span an age range of 1-15 years, accumulated mileage of up to 232,250 miles and multiple generations and model types. In cases that we have inspected and are able to determine root cause, we have not seen any pattern related to quality or component failure. Vehicle fires can result from a wide variety of external reasons unrelated to product defect.
Thermal events can result from many different factors unrelated to a product defect. We investigated the VINs you provided and determined that the vehicles in question, unfortunately have no recent service history with an authorized BMW center. Therefore, we are unable to comment on the potential cause of a thermal event.