BMW is recalling certain diesel cars and SUVs from the 2013 to 2018 model years because of a potential fire risk.
According to Consumer Reports, the recall includes 50,404 vehicles including 3 Series, 5 Series, and 7 Series cars as well as X3 and X5 SUVs. The vehicles involved are equipped with an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module with an integrated cooler, which is a part of the emission-reduction equipment.
Details of the Recall
In these vehicles, the EGR cooler may leak internally, causing coolant to mix with diesel engine soot, which could result in smoldering particles, a melting intake manifold, and potentially fire, according to BMW. The driver may be alerted if the vehicle experiences this issue by a warning symbol in the instrument cluster displaying a loss of engine coolant, a reduction in engine power, an unpleasant odor of exhaust gas, an unusual noise from the engine compartment, and/or smoke from the engine compartment.
Vehicle owners who observe any of these symptoms should contact their dealership right away, the automaker states. BMW has said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition. Owners’ notification letters will go out on Jan. 12, 2022, the automaker said. When the recall begins, dealerships will replace the EGR cooler and inspect the intake manifold replacing it as necessary at no cost to consumers. Vehicle owners with questions or concerns are asked to contact BMW customer service at 800-525-7417.
Vehicle Fire Risk
Due to their nature, all vehicles can carry a fire risk. It can be extremely frightening to suddenly see your vehicle catch fire or to even see smoke coming from your vehicle. If this happens as you’re driving, the first step is to pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so. Use your turn signal to make your way to a safe location off the road such as a breakdown lane or a rest stop. Once you have stopped, turn off the engine and get everyone out of the car. Move everyone at least 100 feet away from the burning car and well away from the traffic, and call 911.
If you have been injured in a vehicle fire caused by a defective part, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to offer you more information about pursuing your legal rights.