BMW has recalled 1.4 million vehicles in two United States recalls due to fire hazards.

The first recall involves mechanics under the hood. Documents from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the heater for the ventilation valve can overhead and cause the valve to melt. This increases the risk of a fire even when the vehicle is not in use. BMW models X3, X5, Z4 and more models produced between 2007 and 2011 are affected. A BMW spokesman says the risk for fire is low, but that anyone with the recalled vehicles should keep them outside, just to be safe.

The second recall pertains to 673,000 vehicles from the 2006-2011 model years. The models include the 323i, 325i, 328i, and several more. The wiring for the air conditioner and heater can overheat and cause the connectors to melt. Fires can occur even when the car is unattended. So far, four drivers have reported injuries.

If you are a BMW owner, you can search if your vehicle is part of the recall by locating your car’s VIN number and entering it on the BMW website.

Vehicle recalls and defects can lead to accidents, which can lead to very serious injuries. Car manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products are safe and function properly. If the manufacturer fails to inform you that a part of your vehicle is defective, then they could be held responsible for any accident that the defect may cause.

To stay on top of vehicle recall information, the NHTSA has a database of recalls and product defects. It’s a good idea to check that list periodically to make sure your vehicle is still safe.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective vehicle, you have rights. The Cochran Firm has decades of experience and the resources to get you the justice you deserve. Call us today, 1-800- THE FIRM.