Over in North America, BMW is recalling a massive 1.4 million vehicles over two separate issues that could pose a fire risk. According to the National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States, the vehicles affected were manufactured between 2006 and 2011.

The first recall involves 740,561 vehicles including the 2008-2011 1 Series and the 2007-2011 3 and 5 Series, X3, X5 and Z4, and concerns the heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve, which can short circuit. This can cause the parts within the PCV valve to melt, increasing the risk of fire even when the vehicle is not in use. Owners will be notified, and dealers will replace the PCV valve heater free of charge.

The company is also recalling 672,775 units of the 2006-2011 3 Series (including the M3) over wiring and electrical connectors for the system that controls the air flow for the climate control system. These connectors can overheat and melt, and a fire could result even when the vehicle is unattended.

Again, BMW will notify owners, and the wiring and electrical connectors will be replaced free of charge. So far, there have been three reports of injuries with regards to the second issue. Both recalls are slated to commence on December 18.