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Fire Risk Prompts BMW Recall, Models Had Been Recalled Previously

BMW of North America is recalling cars and SUVs that run on diesel after learning that an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module with an integrated cooler can experience internal leaks, which could increase the risk of a fire. 

Vehicles impacted by this recall include the 2013 through 2018 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, X3, and X5 models. 

Leaks Can Cause Internal Fires, BMW States

The potentially defective coolers are part of the vehicles’ emission-reduction equipment. 

In the event of an internal coolant leakage, the substance can mix with diesel engine soot, producing smoldering particles that can then melt and lead to a fire.   

If this issue takes place, BMW explained in its recall report, drivers will be alerted by a warning symbol in the instrument cluster that displays a loss of engine coolant. The driver may also notice a drop in engine power, unusual noises from the engine compartment, unpleasant exhaust gas odors, and even smoke from the engine compartment. In the presence of any of these symptoms, drivers should contact an authorized dealership immediately to have their vehicle repaired. 

Impacted Vehicles Were Previously Recalled Over a Fire Risk

Many of the vehicles recalled by BMW over the potentially defective EGR modules had all been previously recalled in 2018 over similar issues. These units must all be repaired once again, BMW stated, because the remedy component produced for the previous recall is not designed to last. 

BMW is sending out recall notifications in the mail beginning Jan. 12, 2022. Potentially defective EGR coolers will be replaced for free at dealerships where the intake manifold will also be inspected and replaced if needed.

If you own one of the recalled vehicles and have questions or concerns related to this recall, you may contact the BMW customer service at 800-525-7417. Remember to contact a dealership immediately if you experience any signs that the EGR module is going through problems.

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