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BMW expands recall of vehicles at risk of fire to 1.6 million cars

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BMW AG is recalling about 1.6 million diesel cars to fix a potential fire hazard in their engines, expanding repairs from just under half a million vehicles in Europe and Asia.

[MUNICH] BMW AG is recalling about 1.6 million diesel cars to fix a potential fire hazard in their engines, expanding repairs from just under half a million vehicles in Europe and Asia.

The voluntary service action follows a BMW investigation that found coolant could leak from the car's exhaust recirculation unit. The defect can lead to sparks while driving and cause fires in "in extreme cases," the Munich-based manufacturer said Tuesday in a statement.

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 luxury carmaker's office in Seoul to probe the safety issue, after videos of cars engulfed by fire went viral.

The vehicles affected -- diesels with four- and six-cylinder engines -- were produced between 2010 and 2017, BMW said. After the initial recall announced in August, BMW's internal investigation found more vehicles with similar technical setups. The company will replace the components as necessary.

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