The car maker’s second recall in two weeks relates to a cable that connects the battery and the blower fan, which has been found to overheat during hot weather, causing a fire risk.
The issue affects 3 Series cars built between December 2004 and July 2011, meaning E46 (below) and E90 (top) models. The risk is not powertrain-specific, so cars running with petrol and diesel engines of varying capacities are all included.
A BMW spokesman told Autocar that the brand has notified the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency of its intention to recall and that it “will begin the recall process immediately".
“BMW has chosen to expand on its existing battery connector recall by also replacing the blower-regulator wiring harness on affected 3 Series models,” the spokesman said. “This involves replacing two wiring connections on the cars already affected and recalling an additional 88,000 cars in the UK.”