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What caused BMW to recall 1.6 million vehicles?

What if you spent over $75,000 on a brand-new luxury vehicle, and after a couple years of driving it, the car suddenly caught on fire for no apparent reason? Something similar to this story actually happened to several BMW drivers in South Korea. The instances prompted BMW to recall 1.6 million cars throughout the world to prevent unwanted injury to their customers.

Last Tuesday, when BMW announced the recall of 1.6 million cars in total, the automaker had already recalled 480,000 cars due to the same problem. Tuesday's announcement was an expansion of that recall by over 1 million cars to reach the total of 1.6 million.

BMW claims that the fire problem relates to a faulty emission control system that is at risk of leaking coolant fluid. When the coolant fluid leaks into an especially hot vehicle, it can mix with diesel fuel byproducts and catch fire.

Fortunately -- even though several fires have already happened -- no injuries have been reported. Hopefully, the automaker can institute the recall and notify affected drivers quickly enough to prevent any more fires, and the threat of injuries and deaths can be circumvented completely.

Affected vehicles were built within the years of 2010 and 2017. BMW says that it will be reaching out to the owners of the affected diesel cars as soon as possible. In the United States and Canada, approximately 54,700 cars have been recalled.

Unfortunately, when an American consumer buys a new car, it's impossible to know if it's defective until the automaker decides to issue a recall. However, these recalls usually do not come until after serious injuries or deaths have occurred. If you suspect that you were hurt because of a defective automobile, learn more about your legal rights and options now.

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