BMW is recalling 180,000 first-generation (E8x) BMW 1 Series cars built between 2004 and 2011 in the UK over fears that an air conditioning fault could lead to a fire.
The German car maker is in the process of writing to owners of 1 Series models altering them to the recall.
However, due to a parts shortage, drivers may have to wait more than eight weeks before the problem is addressed.
BMW says that a problem with the air conditioning unit has the potential to cause overheating, damage and, in some rare cases, fire.
In a statement it said: “Over time, frictional corrosion can occur at the contacts of the blower regulator due to vibrational stress.
“When combined with high current flow at the maximum blower speed, an increase in temperature can occur, which may result in damage to the regulator connection and wiring.
“In rare cases this may lead to a fire.
“Cars are being recalled to dealers so the wiring to the regulator can be examined and replaced. In some cases, the regulator may also have to be replaced.
“In rare cases this may lead to a fire.”
The cars are being recalled to dealers so the wiring to the regulator can be examined and replaced.
In some cases, the regulator may also have to be replaced.
BMW suggests owners can continue to use their car as normal as long as it does not develop intermittent or complete loss of airflow from the air conditioning system including the max air conditioning or demist functions.
Owners are also advised to be wary of a scorching/burning smell inside the cabin.
The carmaker also suggests owners should avoid using the “max” and demist settings on their air conditioning and owners with manual air conditioning have been told to leave the fan speed at its lowest setting.