BMW Recalls 1.6 Million Diesel Cars Over Potential Fire Risk

In a statement made on Tuesday, BMW announced the expansion of a previous safety campaign first brought to our attention in August.

Back then, the Munich-based car firm had to call back 480,000 vehicles in Europe and Asia, out of which more than 300,000 were on the Old Continent.

The decision to expand the recall to approximately 1.6 million cars was taken after BMW’s own investigation found more vehicles that have similar technical setups.

Also Read: BMW Not Giving Up On Diesels, Says They Will Be Relevant For Quite Some Time

According to BMW, their investigators found that coolant might leak from the exhaust recirculation unit, and in combination with sparks, the intake manifold could melt. In more extreme cases, this may result in a fire.

South Korean state officials have apparently received reports of 40 fires in BMW cars this year, Bloomberg reports. As a result, the local government asked owners not to drive their vehicles until the investigation ends and a fix is found.

Videos of BMWs being devoured by flames went viral and forced South Korea’s police to raid the automaker’s office in Seoul.

All cars included in this recall are powered by four- and six-cylinder diesel engines and have been produced between August 2010 and August 2017, although “individual production periods vary per model”, as the automaker says.

Owners should expect to hear from the car manufacturer soon, and as always, all repairs will be made free of charge.

more photos...
  • Romain AA

    Premium Deutsche Qualität, they say… No matter the facts, the cheating and the outrageous prices, most people will stick to the badge, and keep on bashing alternative choices such as French or Korean brands

    • Leo76

      Of course.

2019 Daytona 500 Featured Your Usual NASCAR 21-Car Pileup

Miraculously, no one was injured, but the stewards had to red flag the race for 25 minutes.

Aston Martin’s ‘Son Of Valkyrie’ Hypercar Will Do The Norse Gods Proud

The Aston Martin 003 hypercar is coming with a turbo V6 hybrid powertrain.

McLaren 600LT Spider Seems Awesome On Track, Can’t Wait For Full Reviews

Watch McLaren’s chief test driver, Kevin Brack, push the 600LT Spider to its limits.

Mercedes Sends Off SLC With New Final Edition. Is It The End Of An Era?

After a successful career, Mercedes is phasing out the SLC / SLK..

New Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition Favors Comfort Over Performance

The Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition models won’t be sold in the U.S..

Ford’s South American Shake Up Includes Plant Closure, End Of Commercial Truck Business

The closure of Ford’s São Bernardo plant will mean more than 2,700 people will lose their jobs.

Devel Sixteen Extreme Hypercar With Up To 5,007HP, Has A 2-Year Waiting List

In top guise, the Devel Sixteen has a whopping 5,007 hp and 3,757 lb-ft of torque.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Ferrari Replicas Suck But None More Than You

This Ferrari LaFerrari replica isn’t fooling anyone.

2020 Ford Escape To Have Three Engines, Including A Three-Cylinder

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair also gets three powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid variant.

Your Audi Will Now Tell You How Fast To Go To Avoid Red Lights

By using vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, Audi aims to improve commutes.