Potential Fire Hazard Forces Recalls by BMW and Volkswagen

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A potential fire hazard has forced the recall of certain BMW model cars and Volkswagen vans.
BMW has recalled their 2008-1011 Model 1 Series cars and Volkswagen has recalled Routan vans from model year 2009. The VW recall involves approximately 15,900 vehicles; BMW has not reported how many vehicles its recall impacts.
The BMW 1 Series cars from model years 2008-2011 are being recalled because of the potential for seat-belt pretensioner insulation to overheat and catch on fire in the case of a crash.
2009 Volkswagen Routans are being recalled because of an improper wiring harness in the sliding door of the vans. It has been discovered that it is possible for the wiring harness to a condition where a sliding door hinge bracket can cut the wiring insulation, causing it to overheat and catch fire.
Volkswagen has said that it will be mailing all 2009 Routan owners instructions on fixing the problem on June 20. Owners can contact the company at 800-822-8987.
BMW said it would also be distributing a mailing to 1 Series customers who are affected by the recall, with information on how the problem will be fixed by the dealer. BMW customers can call 800-525-7417 for more information on the 1 Series recall.
Product recalls are an important safety measure that can save lives. While recalls cost companies millions of dollars, the costs are well worth it if it even saves one life or prevents serious personal injuries to others.

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