BMW recalls 323.700 diesel cars because of possible fire risk
BMW is going to recall 323.700 diesel cars throughout Europe as a continuation of the findings in South-Korea, where some 30 BMWs caught fire and more than 100.000 BMWs are also recalled.
The reason is the same: the EGR system (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) reusing the exhaust gases in the combustion part of the engine causes too much residues in the combustion chambers which can take fire “in very rare conditions”.
We’re talking about 96.300 cars in Germany, 75.000 in Great-Britain, 24.700 in Italy, 23.500 in France and so on. The models concerned are numerous, practically all series with 4-cylinder diesel engines produced between April 2015 and September 2016 and 6-cylinder diesels produced between July 2012 and June 2015 are involved.
In South Korea there is already a class action law suit of 17 concerned BMW owners pending, now lawyer Ha Jong-Sun, talking in the name of 20 other BMW clients, has specified he’s going to sue legally 6 specific persons within the BMW Group, one of them being the Vice-President in charge of quality, John Ebenbichler.
The latter has declared to journalists that the problem had already been detected in 2016 but that the causes of the possible fire were only identified in June of this year. Lawyer Ha has reacted upon this: “It’s very difficult to believe that it took BMW 2 years to detect the causes of the fire, a legal investigation is necessary to find out if there is no proof of dissimulation.”
According to South-Korean law, a conviction could result in jail sentences up to 10 years and fines up to 100 million won (± 77.200 euro).
The images of BMWs on fire have been big news in South-Korea, where 6 out 10 imported cars come from Germany. Certain parking lots have already banned BMWs because of a possible fire risk.
A spokesman of the BMW Group has already declared that the fire incident has nothing to do with the current law suit in Germany against the company for suspected emission manipulation fraud on some 8.000 of its diesel cars.
What the whole recall action (more than 100.000 in South-Korea, more than 300.000 in Europe) will cost the company is still difficult to calculate at the moment, said the same spokesman. In any case, the image of the German prestige car manufacturer will be tarnished.