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BMW engine fires prompt ‘dialogue’ with DVSA over 324,000 car recall

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BMW UK has said that it is embarking on a technical campaign to examine its diesel vehicles' exhaust gas recirculation modules after the brand made the decision to recall 324,000 cars across Europe due to a risk of engine fires.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported that the premium German car manufacturer had recalled 106,000 vehicles in South Korea and issued an apology after it was identified that a faulty exhaust gas recirculation module in its diesel cars had caused 27 engine fires.

A recall of 96,300 affected vehicles in Germany are to be recalled to facilitate the replacement of the module if the fault is confirmed, with similar actions take take place in other countries, FAZ reported.

A spokesman for BMW UK told AM that the manufacurer had been "in dialogue" with the DVSA over the fault, adding that the The BMW Group would carry out "a technical campaign to examine the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation module) on affected vehicles and replace it where necessary" in the UK.

BMW's UK statement added: "This decision was taken in accordance with the EU-approved RAPEX guidelines. BMW UK is in dialogue with the DVSA, the UK regulator on vehicle and driver safety, to agree the most appropriate course of action to handle the campaign and communication to customers."

BMW’s issue with its diesel cars’ exhaust gas recirculation module has meant a second major recall for the brand in a matter of months, follwoing the recall of 312,000 vehicles in May due to a fault which caused a sudden loss of power.

And in June a coroner highlighted the DVSA’s lack of demands for BMW to recall cars prone to the sudden power failure in concluding an inquest into the death of a former Gurkha who died in a collision involving a stricken 3 Series saloon.

The German premium car manufacturer had failed to inform the DVSA about electrical faults which could stall its cars and lead the brake lights to fail.

It had first received complaints about the fault – affecting 1 Series, 3 Series and Z4 models – five years earlier, and at least five cars had been fixed under warranty. But it deemed the fault was not "critical".

On Christmas Day 2016, a stalled BMW on a dark A-road forced Narayan Gurung to swerve his Ford Fiesta, losing control and colliding with a tree. Gurung died at the scene and his wife was seriously injured.

After Gurung's death BMW issued a recall of 36,000 cars in the UK and, in May, the premium German car manufacturer advised the owners of 312,000 vehicles – including the BMW 1 Series, the 3 Series, the Z4 and its X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011 – that their vehicles should be returned to its franchised network for a solution to be administered.

However, recording a narrative verdict in the conclusion of an inquest today, Her Majesty’s Assistant Coroner said that the delayed action had raised “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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