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Massive BMW diesel engine recall is expanded

BMW fire recall expanded

BMW has extended its diesel car recall again. There are concerns that a faulty part presents a fire risk.

In some diesel cars, glycol leakage from the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler can occur. In combination with soot deposits and high temperatures, this might result in smouldering particles.

This, in turn, could lead to the melting of the intake manifold and/or fire.

An initial European and Asian recall in August 2018 involved around 480,000 BMW diesel vehicles. As a whole, the extended recall campaign covered around 1.6 million vehicles by October 2018.

This included 268,000 BMW cars in the UK, but this was extended to a further 27,000 vehicles in October 2019.

Now, according to a website in Germany, the recall has been expanded by a further 232,000 vehicles worldwide.

BMW drivers in the UK can see if their car is affected by contacting BMW or by using the government’s recall website. Owners will be invited to visit their local BMW dealer where the EGR cooler will be inspected.

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BMW vehicles affected by the recall

The Which? website has a list of all the cars affected by the EGR recall. These are:

  • BMW 1 Series (114d, 116d, 118d, 120d, 125d), manufactured between November 2011 and September 2017.
  • BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertibles (218d, 220d, 225d), manufactured between July 2013 and December 2017.
  • BMW 3 Series Saloon, Touring and Gran Turismo (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), manufactured between May 2013 to July 2017.
  • BMW 5 Series Saloon, Touring and Gran Turismo (518d, 520d, 525d, 530d, 535d), manufactured between March 2011 and December 2017.
  • BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe (640d), manufactured between March 2011 and April 2015.
  • BMW 7 Series Saloon and LWB (725d, 730d, 740d), manufactured between January 2012 and April 2015.
  • BMW X1 (s20d, x25d), manufactured between May 2011 and April 2015.
  • BMW X3 (18d, 20d, 30d, 35d), manufactured between August 2010 and October 2017.
  • BMW X4 (20d, 30d, 35d), manufactured between December 2013 and June 2017.
  • BMW X5 (25d, 30d, 40d), manufactured between April 2013 and June 2017.
  • BMW X6 (30d, 40d), manufactured between March 2014 and June 2015.

The DVSA’s head of vehicle engineering, Neil Barlow, told Which?: “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.”

To find out if your vehicle has been affected by a recall, use the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) website.

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Fire risk in thousands of BMW cars – is enough being done?

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An ongoing problem with BMW exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) modules has led to issues including engine fires and sudden power loss. And the company’s staggered response to the problem has raised eyebrows with authorities the world over.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is speaking to BMW about how best to proceed and whether matters have been handled properly to date. BMW UK, meanwhile, is embarking on a “technical campaign” to examine diesel EGRs, following a recent Europe-wide recall of 324,000 vehicles due to potential for engine fires.

A criminal case has been filed against the marque in Korea for its hesitance to recall more than 100,000 cars that could potentially suffer similar fire issues, following the 27 recorded cases that prompted the European recall.

This all comes after a recall of 312,000 cars was announced in May due to EGRs causing a loss of power, with owners of BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models built between March 2007 to August 2011 advised to take their cars to dealers for adjustment and repair.

In June 2018, a coroner highlighted a lack of persistence on the DVSA’s part to push BMW into action, after a collision involving a stricken 3 Series resulted in a death.

First reports of electrical gremlins affecting 1 Series, 3 Series and Z4 models were made as far back as five years ago. The cars would stall and the brake lights would be out of operation.

In the conclusion of the inquest, Her Majesty’s Assistant Coroner said that there were “critical questions surrounding vehicle safety standards in this country, as well as the conduct of both the DVSA and of BMW UK and BMW AG”.

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Toyota is recalling the GT86 for a steering fault

Toyota GT86Toyota is recalling more than 4,500 GT86 in the UK to fix a steering fault that could result in the loss of power assistance.

The fault affects all right-hand drive cars; Toyota Australia is carrying out a similar recall for almost 15,000 cars built between April 2012 and March 2015.

In the UK, Toyota says the recall will affect 4,556 vehicles, which accounts for a significant proportion of all Toyota GT86 sold in the UK.

The related Subaru BRZ will also be recalled.

Toyota GT86

Toyota says the fault is related to the driver’s knee airbag cover: this can interfere with the wiring harness for the EPAS electric power steering system; the electrical contacts can disconnect, resulting in the loss of assistance.

The steering will become significantly heavier at slower speeds and appreciably weightier when on the move, says Toyota: there will also be a yellow icon illuminated on the dashboard and an audible warning.

The fault has not, however, led to any accidents or injuries. Enthusiasts may also welcome the resultant extra feel and feedback…

Repairs take around an hour, says Toyota: it involves replacing the EPAS electronic control unit and the associated wiring harness.

Owners of the acclaimed sportscar will be contacted directly by Toyota.

Vauxhall Adam

Vauxhall Corsa and Adam recall cars barred from driving tests

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Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall gets AA assistance in urgent Corsa and Adam recall

Vauxhall CorsaVauxhall has called upon the AA to help Corsa and Adam owners determine if their car is one it has advised is undrivable due to an undisclosed steering fault.

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US-market Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta investigated in US for door latch safety issue

US-market Ford FiestaUS car safety agency the NHTSA is carrying out a preliminary investigation on the Ford Fiesta following owner complaints about problems with door latches. Read more

GM ignition keys

GM urges car dealers not to fit keyrings

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Recall win for UK Saab 9-3 Convertible owners

Saab-9-3-CabrioBack in June, GM issued yet another vehicle recall – but this time it came as a real surprise, for it was a recall for a Saab.

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Saab 9-3 Convertible

GM recalls Saab 9-3 Convertible for seatbelt issue

Saab 9-3 ConvertibleGM is recalling nearly 29,000 Saab 9-3 Convertibles in the North America to replace a driver’s side seatbelt retractor following complaints to US safety agency the NHTSA. Read more

Toyota Yaris

Toyota recalls 25 million vehicles in 30 months

Toyota YarisToyota has announced it is to recall another 6.4 million vehicles to check  and rectify a series of quality faults – taking the total number of cars recalled to 25 million vehicles in 30 months. Read more