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14 Oct 2019

BMW extends UK recall over fire risk

Problems with exhaust-gas-recirculation device found to affect 27,000 additional vehicles. Find out which BMW cars are at risk

BMW is extending its recall of diesel cars, after it was found that faulty parts could lead to a potential fire risk.

In 2018, BMW originally recalled 268,000 UK diesel cars after it was found that glycol leakage from the engine's exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler could result in burning soot deposits when combined with the high temperatures inside the EGR system.

Now, this recall has been extended to a further 27,000 vehicles in the UK.

A spokesperson for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) told us that BMW informed it of the extension to this recall around amonth ago, and it has updated the recall notice with the latest affected VIN numbers.

EGR systems are typically used to recirculate a portion of engine exhaust gases back into the cylinders as a way of reducing harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

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Which BMW models have been recalled?

BMW has released a full list of models being recalled, all of which are fuelled by diesel. The BMW cars affected are:

  • BMW 1 Series three-door and five-door hatchbacks, badged 114d, 116d, 118d, 120d, 125d, manufactured between November 2011 and September 2017.
  • BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertibles, badged 218d, 220d, 225d, manufactured between July 2013 and December 2017.
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon, Touring (estate) and Gran Turismo models, badged 316d, 318d, 320d, 320ed, 325d, 330d, 335d, manufactured between December 2011 and November 2017.
  • BMW 4 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe - 418d, 420d, 425d, 430d, 435d - May 2013 to July 2017
  • BMW 5 Series Saloon, Touring (estate) and Gran Turismo models, badged 518d, 520d, 525d, 530d, 535d and manufactured between March 2011 and December 2017.
  • BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe models, badged 640d and manufactured between March 2011 and April 2015.
  • BMW 7 Series Saloon and LWB (long wheelbase) Saloon models, badged 725d, 730d, 740d and manufactured between January 2012 and April 2015.
  • BMW X1 compact SUV, badged s20d, x25d and manufactured between May 2011 and April 2015.
  • BMW X3 mid-size SUV, badged 18d, 20d, 30d, 35d and manufactured between August 2010 and October 2017.
  • BMW X4 SUV Coupe, badged 20d, 30d, 35d and manufactured between December 2013 and June 2017.
  • BMW X5 large SUV, badged 25d, 30d, 40d and manufactured between April 2013 and June 2017.
  • BMW X6 large SUV Coupe, badged 30d, 40d and manufactured between March 2014 and June 2015.

What can I do if my BMW is affected?

If you're concerned that your car may be included in this recall, you can check your car's unique VIN number on BMW's recall site.

This 17-digit number can be found on the lower passenger side of the windscreen and also on the car's V5 registration document.

Alternatively you can contact your local BMW dealership for further advice.

Owners of affected models are being invited to book their car in at their nearest BMW centre for the recall work to be carried out free of charge.

A BMW spokesperson told us: 'Some cars which were fitted with a new component in 2016 before the initial recall was launched, have been recalled now as a precaution, to check the part and replace it with the latest iteration if necessary.'

The DVSA's Head of Vehicle Engineering, Neil Barlow, told us: 'Our engineers have worked closely with BMW to ensure that the fix is satisfactory and appropriate for UK models and conditions.

'We continue to ensure BMW contacts owners of affected vehicles so their cars can be assessed and made safe.'

Read our guide for more information on product recalls and your rights under the Consumer Rights Act.