Hot water for BMW
- March 7, 2019
- Auto Extended Warranty, Extended Auto Warranty
- Posted by Peter F
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Picture this – you’re driving along happily in your BMW 5 Series when it suddenly loses power. Rightly so, you steer the car to the side of the road but begin to hear a crackling sound. You then smell smoke. Time to abandon the car – you grab your phone, exit, and suddenly the car bursts into flames. Good lord!
A terrible scenario, but one that was unfortunately real for London resident, Jacqueline Anthonipiillai. BMW has not accepted any liability yet and the family of Jacqueline is still waiting for lab results. But BMW has confirmed that it indeed might be their fault. Last October the German manufacturer promised to contact certainmodel owners surrounding a serious fault (potentially lethal), but only a segment of owners has apparently been notified. The fault is affecting 250,000 plus cars in the U.K., and roughly 1.6 million worldwide. What is occurring is a flammable coolant is leaking onto to the exhaust system, which is generally quite hot. This is near the engine and the result is fire.
BMW is currently facing claims that it acted too slow in recalling 300,000 vehicles last year that suffered a similar malfunction. A prominent British politician in front of Parliament recently commented, “the facts are very disturbing. BMW has not got a very good record on safety recalls.” This current recall is affecting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 Series as well as X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6 SUVs. That’sa lot of cars. In South Korea alone there are some serious charges being levied, a criminal investigation, and a 7 million pound fine surrounding dozens of car fires.
This issue affects BMWs outfitted with four-cylinder engines that were fabricated between December 2014 and August 2016. The same models mentioned above that were made between July 2012 and June 2015 with six-cylinder diesel engines also might be affected. BMW insists that most drivers (worldwide) have alreadyreceived a safety recall letter, but doubts are ever-present. If you have one of these models in the specified years and have not received said letter, get in touch with your local BMW representative as soon as possible. On many of these models the EGR cooler will be replaced, but if there’s further damage it is on a case-by-case basis.
Here’s an alternative picture: You’re driving around happily in your BMW 5 Series and suddenly it loses power. Before you car could burst into flames, you are able to call Delta Auto Protect to utilize your warranty for roadside assistance, a tow and a fix. Sounds good? Get a Delta Auto Protect quote today.