BMW to recall 268,000 diesel cars over fire risk

Safety recall involves 12 different models and is to remove a potential fire risk that could be caused by a leaking part...

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The German car maker says an internal investigation has highlighted the issue, and that 1.6 million cars worldwide are being recalled as a result. In the UK, 268,000 vehicles are affected.

BMW recall - what’s the problem?

The exhaust gas recirculation cooler could leak glycol liquid and “in combination with typical soot particles and the high temperatures normally present in the EGR module, this might result in smouldering particles”. “In very rare cases”, these particles could melt the engine’s intake manifold and “in extremely rare cases” this could result in a fire risk.

An earlier worldwide recall, launched in August 2018, was aimed at rectifying 480,000 vehicles, and this has now been extended to cover 1.6 million diesel-engined vehicles.

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BMW recall - which models are involved?

Twelve BMW models are being recalled: they are all four- and six-cylinder diesel-engined cars built between 2011 and 2017.

The four-cylinder models affected include the 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X3, X4, X5 and X6 manufactured between December 2014 and August 2016.

The same models with six-cylinder engines produced between July 2012 and June 2015 are also affected.

The latest models added to the recall list include the 1 Series, 2 Series, 7 Series and X1. These relate to four-cylinder models built between March 2011 and January 2017 and six-cylinder cars made between August 2010 and June 2015.

A BMW spokesperson commented on the increase in the number of vehicles recalled: “During further examination of engines with a similar technical set-up, the BMW Group analysed individual cases that were not included in the original technical campaigns.

“These individual cases posed no significant risk to our customers. Nonetheless, the BMW Group decided to further reduce even this minor risk by expanding the country-specific technical campaigns. 

“It is the goal of BMW Group to support the trust and confidence of our customers in our products.”

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BMW recall – what to do if your car is affected?

BMW is writing to the owners of all the cars being recalled, advising them to book their car in with their local dealer for remedial work. However, if you are concerned and haven’t received a letter yet, you can get in touch with a BMW dealership: email or call 0370 5050 160.

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Total Euro NCAP score: 319

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