BMW, on Tuesday, recalled about 1.6 million diesel cars due to a potential fire hazard in their engines. The vehicles affected were produced between 2010 and 2017.
As per BMW investigations, it was discovered that the coolant could leak from the car’s exhaust recirculation unit which could lead to sparks while driving and cause fires in extreme cases.
BMW last month cut its profit forecast, blaming an increase in warranty provisions alongside trade tensions and pricing pressure. South Korea’s government, after reports of 40 fires this year, asked drivers to keep vehicles off roads until undergoing checks. Police also raided the German automaker’s office in Seoul to probe the safety issue, after videos of cars engulfed by fire went viral.
According to BMW, the affected vehicles — diesel cars with four- and six-cylinder engines — were produced between 2010 and 2017. After the initial recall announced in August this year, BMW’s internal investigation found more vehicles with similar technical setups.
The company will replace the components as necessary.