The BMW 1-Series has been halted from delivery to customers and is pending a recall for a potential fire risk after an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, BMW is recalling all 1 Series cars sold in the U.S. between 2008 and 2010 to address a potential fire risk. In addition to the aforementioned 2010 models, the recall also affects certain 2008-2011 model year 1 Series coupes and convertibles.
The problem stems from too little clearance between the seatbelt tensioners and the sound insulation in the B-pillars. BMW is concerned that after an accident, the insulation could overheat and the excess temperature could possibly ignite the insulation material.
BMW has instructed its dealers to hold delivery on 1 Series models produced between January 2010 and May 2010, based on dealer documents Consumer Reports has reviewed, until a recall can be performed.
The fix involves removing the offending insulation. BMW advises the repairs can begin immediate on dealer inventory.
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