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BMW recalls diesel cars in Europe over faulty engines

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG said Aug. 7 that it has decided to conduct a voluntary recall of diesel vehicles in Europe due to an issue similar to the one that caused engine fires in South Korea.

The company told S&P Global Market Intelligence that about 323,700 vehicles will be included in the European technical campaign, under which the vehicles are being recalled.

BMW said an exhaust-gas-recirculation, or EGR, module malfunction may cause the engines of some of its diesel vehicles in the European market to catch fire.

According to the company, the problem occurs when small quantities of glycol coolant escape and build up in the EGR module. The deposit, when combined with carbon and oil sediments, can become combustible and eventually ignite with the high temperatures of the exhaust gases in the unit.

Subject to the European recall are BMW 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X3, X4, X5 and X6 vehicles with 4-cylinder diesel engines produced April 2015-September 2016 and 6-cylinder diesel engines produced July 2012-June 2015.

BMW said the recall is in line with EU-approved guidelines for risk assessment. Affected customers will be contacted by their BMW service partner, the company added.

On Aug. 2, the South Korean government said it will conduct an investigation of the automaker over allegations that it delayed a recall of more than 100,000 passenger cars. BMW Korea issued an apology Aug. 6 for the more than 20 cases of engine fires reported in the country.