SMC Asia Car Distributors Inc. has launched a safety recall program for BMW 3 series models produced between 2004 and 2011, as its wiring harness might have deteriorated and could lead to overheating and subsequent short circuit.
In a letter to Trade Undersecretary Ruth B. Castelo, BMW, through SMC Asia Car, reported its quality analysis found the plug connection from the wiring harness to the blower controller may decline over time.
This, the car firm concluded, could result in accidents, such as overheating, short circuit and even fire.
“In rare cases, this may lead to overheating and subsequent short circuit or melting at the plug-in contact. And in very rare cases, this can lead to a fire,” the letter read.
BMW recommended that the blower controller be checked and reworked, and replaced if required.
“All current owners of these affected cars are requested to set an appointment with the most convenient authorized BMW workshop, and the work to be performed will be free of charge to the customer. SMC Asia Car Distributors will send out official notification letters to the concerned customers and will have print ads published in national dailies,” the letter added.
The list of authorized BMW dealers that can perform the check are Pampanga Premier Cars Inc. in Pampanga, Auto Allee Group Inc. in Quezon City, RSA Motors Corp. in Quezon City, Motor Ventures Philippines Inc. in Muntinlupa City, Autobahn Negros Isle in Negros Occidental, and Autowelt Cebu in Cebu City.
BMW is a German multinational popular for automobiles and motorcycles. SMC Asia Car is the official importer, distributor and service provider of BMW brands in the Philippines.