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.

Huracan Performante And 911 GT2 RS Get A Bit Too Close While ‘Ring Racing

The driver of this Huracan stuck precariously close to the 911’s tail while going all out at the Nordschleife .

Hennessey’s 1000 HP Corvette ZR1 Ain’t Afraid Of No C8 Hybrid

Hennessey’s Corvette ZR1 pumped out 905 hp at the rear wheels during dyno testing.

Aurus’ Convertible Looks Like A Russian Take On The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Large, elegant and all-wheel drive, the Aurus convertible would make for an interesting competitor to the Rolls-Royce Dawn .

Uber Introduces New Safety Features After Student’s Murder In March

Uber’s app reminds users to confirm the driver’s identity and match the car’s license plate before taking a ride.

Elon Musk Says His Twitter “Is Pretty Much Complete Nonsense”

Musk decided to randomly start tweeting about sheep last week. Yep, we don’t get it either.

Toyota And Kenworth Unveil New Fuel Cell Semi With 300+ Mile Range

Move over Mirai, Toyota’s latest fuel cell vehicle is a Class 8 semi that was jointly developed with Kenworth.

All-New Land Rover Defender Launching In September, Deliveries Start In Early 2020

Land Rover hasn’t decided whether it will launch the new Defender in Frankfurt or at a standalone event.

Woman Takes Truck In For Service, Sees It At Store And Decides To ‘Steal’ It Back

Following a viral Facebook post, the dealership fired the employee responsible for using the truck to run errands.

Audi Rumored To Be Working On High-Performance E-Tron GTR, Could Replace The R8

The rumored Audi e-tron GTR sounds a lot like last year’s PB18 e-tron concept.

2020 Dodge Charger Widebody Spied Undisguised During Promo Shoot

Recently previewed by a concept, the Charger Widebody is expected to be offered with two different V8 engines.