Oh dear. Recalls are never good news for the company or the customer, especially when there’s a risk of fire involved. BMW stresses that a fire may occur in “extremely rare cases”, but we’d prefer it if there was zero chance of our bottoms getting too toasty.
In all, 268,000 diesel cars have been recalled, but they do span quite a few different models – 12, to be precise. The list includes examples of all the saloons, coupes and SUVs made between December 2014 and August 2016. Six-cylinder diesel versions of those models, such as the 5 Series, 6 Series and X4, are also at risk if they were built between July 2012 and June 2015.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. If you have a diesel 1 Series, 2 Series, X1 or 7 Series that left the factory any time between August 2010 and January 2017, your pride and joy might come under the recall.
Oh, and that 268,000 figure is only in the UK. And doesn’t include all the other cars BMW has recalled since August. Globally, over 1.6 MILLION vehicles are thought to be affected.
If you’re unlucky enough to be on the side of the road with a scorched backside, watching your BMW catch fire, you might take some consolation in the fact that the fault has been found. The exhaust’s gas recirculation cooler could leak glycol, and if there’s soot build-up then it could be catastrophic. The resulting smouldering particles could melt the intake manifold or cause a fire to break out.
BMW is at pains to point out how rarely a fire has actually happened, though. And you won’t be in danger if you clear that soot occasionally – a good excuse for putting your foot down and revving the black stuff away. The recall isn’t connected to the last 3 Series recall in May this year.
“These individual cases posed no significant risk to our customers,” BMW stated, although there must be some risk for a recall this large. “Nonetheless, the BMW Group decided to further reduce this minor risk.”
BMW will no doubt contact you if your car is affected.
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