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BMW to recall over 300,000 vehicles in China over fire risk

BMW China Automotive Trading Ltd. and BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. will recall 319,045 vehicles in China over concerns of potential fire risk for some of its models manufactured between 2005 and 2011, according to a May 27 statement from the State Administration for Market Regulation.

The recall, filed by German carmaker Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and its Chinese joint venture partner, will begin on Aug. 30. The carmakers issued the recall to replace the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) element of the affected models manufactured locally and abroad. Corrosions in the PCV element could lead to overheating while its peripheral damaged car parts would also be replaced if necessary, the statement said.

The affected models from BMW Brilliance include 325i, 520Li, 523i, 523Li, 525i, 525Li, 528Li, 530 and 530Li which were manufactured between July 12, 2005 and Oct. 29, 2011. A total of 174,027 BMW Brilliance vehicles would be involved in the recall exercise.

Meanwhile, the imported BMW models that would be recalled include 130i, 325i, 328i, 330i, 520i, 523i, 525i, 528i, 530i, 630i, 730Li, X1, X3, X5 and Z4. The affected vehicles, numbering 145,018, were manufactured between February 23, 2005 and September 28, 2011.

BMW had earlier issued a recall for 360,001 vehicles in China to replace defective airbags, according to a Xinhua report. The recall, which is set to take place on Aug. 20, involves imported vehicles and models produced by BMW Brilliance.