Frankfurt, Germany – Aug. 9, 2018 – More than 320,000 BMW vehicles are being recalled over a faulty component aimed at reducing emissions, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. About one-third of these cars are being sold in Germany. This comes after a wave of 100,000 recalls in South Korea earlier this year after 30 vehicles caught fire with similar problems.
Diesel engines found in certain BMW models are at risk of catching fire due to ineffective parts. According to BMW, this is found in the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler from vehicles manufactured worldwide. The EGR is generating excess sediment while running, causing buildup and the potential risk for ignition.
This EGR is in the BMW 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X3, X4, X5 and X6 that have certain 4- or 6-cylinder diesel engine produced between 2012 and 2016. These models are specific to the European market.
Timeline of Events
On August 3, 13 BMW owners in South Korea filed a class action lawsuit against the automaker. The suit stated that they were scared to drive their vehicles for fear they’d catch on fire.
This week, South Korea had tens of thousands of cars recalled after BMW worldwide alerted manufacturers and dealerships to the default EGR.
In total, 323,700 cars total have been officially recalled due to this problem. Of these, 96,300 total are in Germany. The rest of the diesel cars are found throughout Europe.
“The root cause is hardware issues. This has nothing to do with software issues,” said Johann Ebenbichler, BMW’s vice president, who went on to state that fires happen while the vehicle is being driven only. “I’d like to make it clear. This cannot happen when a vehicle is parked.”
These parts are found in BMW diesel cars and sedans worldwide, although recalls have only been thus reported in South Korea and Germany.
In Korea, criminal charges have been filed against BMW for the recall. As of now, no further action has been taken in Germany or the rest of Europe in the court of law.