BMW expands fire-risk recall to 268k UK cars

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Recall: The BMW 3 Series is 1 of 12 models being called back by the German car maker due to a potential fire risk


BMW has confirmed that it has expanded a recall of its diesel-powered cars due to possible fluid leaks that could result in a fire in what it calls ‘extremely rare cases’.

Some 1.6 million models are to be recalled worldwide, of which 268,000 are UK-registered vehicles.

No fewer than 12 models are affected, all of which use BMW’s four- and six-cylinder diesel engines and were produced at the manufacturers factories between 2011 and 2017.

Recall: The BMW 3 Series is 1 of 12 models being called back by the German car maker due to a potential fire risk

Recall: The BMW 3 Series is 1 of 12 models being called back by the German car maker due to a potential fire risk

The recall was issued after BMW confirmed that in some cases coolant could leak from the exhaust gas recirculation module, which is part of the emissions reduction system. 

The leaks could combine with soot at high temperatures and lead to the intake mainfold melting, which could in turn cause a fire to break out. 

Some 480,000 vehicles across Europe and Asia have already had a recall issued for the same issue back in August, though BMW now understands that more models could fall foul of the same problem.

The German car maker confirmed that it’s only diesel cars that are impacted.

Owners of 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X3, X4, X5 and X6 models all fitted with four-cylinder engines produced between December 2014 and August 2016 will need to return their cars to dealers to have the issue remedied. 

Some BMW X5 models with 4- and 6-cylinder diesel engines will also need to be returned to dealers

Some BMW X5 models with 4- and 6-cylinder diesel engines will also need to be returned to dealers

Some BMW X5 models with 4- and 6-cylinder diesel engines will also need to be returned to dealers

BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

Diesel-powered BMW 1 Series (left) and 5 Series (right) models built between specific dates are also being recalled

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Models being recalled (ALL DIESEL):

1 Series – 4-cylinder engine (Mar 2011 – Jan 2017), 6-cylinder engine (Aug 2010 – Jun 2015)

2 Series – 4-cylinder engine (Mar 2011 – Jan 2017), 6-cylinder engine (Aug 2010 – Jun 2015)

3 Series – 4-cylinder engine (Dec 2014-Aug 2016), 6-cylinder engine (Jul 2012 – Jun 2015)

4 Series – 4-cylinder engine (Dec 2014-Aug 2016), 6-cylinder engine (Jul 2012 – Jun 2015)

5 Series – 4-cylinder engine (Dec 2014-Aug 2016), 6-cylinder engine (Jul 2012 – Jun 2015)

6 Series – 4-cylinder engine (Dec 2014-Aug 2016), 6-cylinder engine (Jul 2012 – Jun 2015)

7 Series – 4-cylinder engine (Mar 2011 – Jan 2017), 6-cylinder engine (Aug 2010 – Jun 2015)

X1 – 4-cylinder engine (Mar 2011 – Jan 2017), 6-cylinder engine (Aug 2010 – Jun 2015)

X3 – 4-cylinder engine (Dec 2014-Aug 2016), 6-cylinder engine (Jul 2012 – Jun 2015)

X4 – 4-cylinder engine (Dec 2014-Aug 2016), 6-cylinder engine (Jul 2012 – Jun 2015)

X5 – 4-cylinder engine (Dec 2014-Aug 2016), 6-cylinder engine (Jul 2012 – Jun 2015)

X6 – 4-cylinder engine (Dec 2014-Aug 2016), 6-cylinder engine (Jul 2012 – Jun 2015)

The same model variants fitted with six-cylinder diesel engines made between July 2012 and June 2015 are also affected. 

The expansion of the recall also includes examples of the 1 Series, 2 Series, 7 Series and X1.

Models fitted with four-cylinder engines built between March 2011 and January 2017 will also need to be called back, while those with six-cylinder motors produced between August 2010 and June 2015 also need to be checked.

BMW confirmed in a statement: ‘The technical campaigns initially decided for European and Asian countries in mid-August 2018 involved around 480,000 BMW diesel vehicles. 

‘During further examination of engines with a similar technical setup, 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.’ 

The expansion completes a hat-trick of safety-related recalls made by the premium car maker.

In May, BMW issued recalls for 312,000 3 Series models due to a fault wiring harness connected to the heater that could again cause fires and one for various models that were found to be unexpectedly stalling. 

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