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BMW Recalling 300,000 Diesel Cars in Europe on EGR Fire Fears

Earlier in the week, news surfaced of German manufacturer BMW having to recall over 100,000 diesel cars in South Korean due to the vehicles’ tendency to catch fire.
BMW X4 among the models affected by the recall 1 photo
The problem, which caused in the Asian country over 27 vehicles to ignite this year alone according to Insurance Journal, has spread to Europe.

Officially called a technical campaign, the recall will have over 300,000 models from several ranges (3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X3, X4, X5, X6) being sent to workshops for inspection and, if needed, fixing.

The problem was first discovered by BMW back in 2016, but it was only this June that the carmaker was able to identify the exact cause. It relates to the exhaust gas recirculation module and a malfunction which, in certain conditions, may cause engine fires.

According to BMW, small quantities of the glycol coolant can escape and build up in the EGR module. The coolant can get mixed with carbon and oil sediments, thus becoming combustible. Considering the high temperatures in the module, these deposits can ignite, melting the intake manifold and resulting in an open flame fire.

All the models affected by the problem are equipped with diesel engines and they are those fitted with four-cylinder engines assembled from April 2015 until September 2016 and those with 6-cylinder diesel engines produced from July 2012 until June 2015.

The Germans say they will not waste any time on this and it will distribute the customer information to the dealer network within the next week. After that, notifications are to be sent to each customer.

“This technical campaign has been decided in accordance with the EU approved guidelines for risk assessment,” said BMW in a statement.

“The company is now preparing and will distribute the customer information to the dealer organization within the next week. Customers with affected vehicles will then be contacted by their BMW Service Partner.”

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