BMW UK recalls 268,000 diesel cars over risk of fire

Intake manifolds could melt and catch fire, prompting safety recall


Hundreds of thousands of diesel BMWs are being recalled across the UK after they were found to have a potentially faulty part that could cause a fire.

The problem involves a combination of normal soot deposits and high temperatures in the car’s exhaust gas recirculation module that may result in smouldering particles. The manufacturer, which is recalling 268,000 vehicles, found that it can cause the intake manifold to melt and in ‘extremely rare cases’ catch fire.

Worldwide, 1.6 million vehicles are believed to be involved in the recall.

The particular four- and six-cylinder diesel engines with this problem are used in a large number of different BMW models, which means that the recall affects almost every model range in the BMW family.

The vehicles affected include any of the following, if fitted with a four-cylinder diesel engine made between December 2014 and August 2014 or a six-cylinder diesel engine produced between July 2012 and June 2015:

  • 3 Series
  • 4 Series
  • 5 Series
  • 6 Series
  • X3
  • X4
  • X5
  • X6

Certain 1 Series, 2 Series, 7 Series, and X1 models with four-cylinder diesel engines manufactured between March 2011 and January 2017 or six-cylinder diesel engines made between August 2010 and June 2015 will also be looked at.

For anyone wondering what they should do if they believe their diesel BMW is affected, the recall will soon be loaded on to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) website, where details of vehicles can be checked.

If you want more information or are unsure if your BMW is affected, your local BMW dealer for more details.

A spokesperson from BMW said: “Individual cases pose no significant risk to our customers. Nonetheless, the BMW Group decided to further reduce even this minor risk by expanding the country-specific technical campaigns. It is the goal of BMW Group to support the trust and confidence of our customers in our products.”

Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Executivecondominium, and . Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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