9th August 2018
BMW UK has announced that it is embarking on a technical campaign to examine its diesel vehicles' exhaust gas recirculation modules after the brand made the decision to recall 324,000 cars across Europe due to a risk of engine fires.
A spokesman for BMW UK told AM that the manufacturer had been "in dialogue" with the DVSA over the fault. The BMW Group would carry out "a technical campaign to examine the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation module) on affected vehicles and replace it where necessary" in the UK.
BMW's UK statement added: "This decision was taken in accordance with the EU-approved RAPEX guidelines. BMW UK is in dialogue with the DVSA, the UK regulator on vehicle and driver safety, to agree the most appropriate course of action to handle the campaign and communication to customers."
BMW’s issue with its diesel cars’ exhaust gas recirculation module has meant a second major recall for the brand in a matter of months, following the recall of 312,000 vehicles in May due to a fault which caused a sudden loss of power.
The German premium car manufacturer had failed to inform the DVSA about electrical faults which could stall its cars and lead the brake lights to fail.
It had first received complaints about the fault (affecting 1 Series, 3 Series and Z4 models) five years earlier, and at least five cars had been fixed under warranty. But it deemed the fault was not "critical".
In May, BMW issued a recall of 36,000 cars in the UK and the premium German car manufacturer advised the owners of 312,000 vehicles – including the BMW 1 Series, the 3 Series, the Z4 and its X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and August 2011 – that their vehicles should be returned to its franchised network for a solution to be administered.
In the conclusion of an inquest today, Her Majesty’s Assistant Coroner said that the delayed action had raised “critical questions surrounding vehicle safety standards in this country, as well as the conduct of both the DVSA and of BMW UK and BMW AG”.