The BMW car a dad takes fire in front of his house

News 31 March, 2018
  • Marie-Eve Dumont

    Saturday, 31 march, 2018 01:00

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    The BMW car of a young father-of-Three-Rivers has spontaneously caught fire in his driveway, even though the dealer assured him twice that there was no danger.

    “I dare not even imagine what would have happened if I had been in the car with my girl of 15 months. We put the life of my child and mine in danger “, is concerned about Dan Duclos, who was driving a BMW 3 Series 2009.

    The Newspaper reported yesterday that a collective action has recently been filed against BMW as it is slow to replace parts covered by two recalls because they could “overheat, melt and cause a fire hazard,” reads one on the Transport Canada website. The device of stove-module ventilation of the crankcase of the engine is concerned.

    This recall affects about 79 000 vehicles in the country. BMW even claimed in the missive sent to the holders of the cars referred to that ” they should be parked outside until the room is available “.

    The representative of the action, who has two young children, said that she was very worried and decided not to use his car the time that the defective part is replaced.

    The car of Mr. Duclos is covered by those two recalls of the German automaker sent to the end of the year 2017.

    Fire in the dashboard

    The fire occurred on the 11th of march. His car was parked in the entrance for two days.

    The young father was preparing to take to the road with her child to visit her mother in Drummondville, a journey of about an hour. It is a neighbor who saw the smoke coming out of the vehicle and alerted Mr. Duclos.

    “When I got out, I saw the smoke. I opened the door and I saw flames coming out of the dashboard. I immediately shut the door and called the fire department, ” says the 23 year old male.

    Such as the expertise of the insurance company is not yet complete, it is impossible to confirm without doubt that parts covered by the recalls are responsible for the fire.

    Mr. Duclos, however, believes hard as iron that the fire is connected. He had expressed his concerns to his dealer when he had received letters of recall.

    Stressful

    “I went to see them in order to have more information and they told me not to stress, that I would call when they would have the room. I returned the following month, fearing that they have me forgotten. I was again sent back home by telling me to relax, that my car would not fire tomorrow. I was reassured, but finally, it happened, ” says Mr. Duclos.

    In the meantime news of his insurer, He must, however, continue to pay his car that he can no longer drive, and insurance that are related to, in addition to paying an amount to his friend who lent him his vehicle.

    “I work in a factory at $19/h, I will not roll on gold. I saw a really big stress, I began to be misery financially “, is concerned there.

    BMW has not responded to interview requests from the Journal.

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