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BMW recalls 268,000 UK cars due to fire risk

Tens of thousands of BMW cars are affected by a fault which could lead to a fire. Find out if your car is one of them

BMW is recalling 268,00 cars in the UK due to a potential fire hazard, as part of a worldwide recall of 1.6m cars. The affected models are all diesel, and were produced between August 2010 and January 2017.

BMW told us that, in the case of some diesel vehicles, glycol-leakage from the EGR (Exhaust-Gas-Recirculation) cooler can occur. When that’s combined with typical soot deposits, and the high temperatures that are normally present in the EGR module, it can result in smouldering particles.

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Which BMW Cars have been recalled?

The recall covers certain models in the following series: 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6.

The models affected are listed below:

  • 4-cylinder models produced from December 2014 to August 2016 in the following series: 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-Series, X3, X4, X5, X6
  • 6-cylinder models in the same series as above, produced from July 2012 to June 2015
  • 4-cylinder models produced from March 2011 to January 2017 in the following series: 1-,2-,7-Series, X1
  • 6-cylinder models in the same series as above, produced between August 2010 and June 2015

BMW told us that this information isn’t on the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) website yet, but should be in the near future.

This is the second time BMW has had to issue a recall this year. In May 2018, we reported that an electrical fault linked to a fatal traffic collision led to 312,000 BMW cars being recalled.

What can I do if my BMW car is affected?

BMW said: ‘The BMW Group has decided to carry out a voluntary recall to check the EGR module and replace any faulty components on the potentially affected diesel vehicles’. It said it would write to all affected customers as soon as possible and that ‘there will be no cost to the customer.’

In the meantime, if you’re worried that your car is at risk, BMW advises you to contact your local BMW Retail Centre to organise an inspection, or to call the BMW Customer Care team.

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