BMW’s recent recall has been expanded to approximately 1.6 million vehicles globally in an attempt to avoid assimilating to another Kia epidemic. In the case of the Kia recalls, the just of it amounts to a rising tide of demands by watchdog groups and select members of the general public due to fire hazards that have taken lives. Despite all of this unrest, the car company maintains indifference thus far as the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) launches their own investigation.
In the case of the Frankfurt-based BMW, no loss of life has been reported directly due to manufacturing defects, but a chain of events led to a fatal incident involving an affected BMW that is starting to create static for the company. There is a mounting tension amidst an increasingly-sensitive public; the Kia epidemic has watchdog groups primed. All eyes are on the German automaker as burning Beamers blaze through everyone’s minds. Will they resolve the issue in time? It all depends on who you ask.
If you were to ask Nyrayan Gurung, he wouldn’t answer you on account of being dead, but the nature of the events surrounding his death have cast a center-stage spotlight on an issue that was relatively off the radar. In December 2016, he was killed when his Ford Fiesta collided with a tree in an alleged attempt to avoid a burning BMW in the middle of the road. No reports have been filed involving injury or death to BMW owners yet, but the company is taking the initiative to resolve the problem before that can happen.
The recall has been expanded to 1.6 million cars, according to the Autoblog, including 480,000 units operating in Europe and Asia after South Korean fires were reported. In 2011, the company first became aware of the fires and in 2013, they recalled 500,000 units in the United States as a result with other recalls in Canada and Australia. In April of 2017, 36,410 cars were recalled while May of 2018 saw an additional 312,000 units on the recall list. It’s clear there’s definitely a lot of effort on BMW’s part to ensure the resolution is quickly found.
In BMW’s statement to BBC regarding Gurung’s death, they said of the electrical failure: “the electrical fault was not 'critical' because drivers could steer and brake, despite their headlights, hazard lights, indicators, and brake lights not working.” This time around, possible fluid leaks can result in a fire in some diesels as coolant could begin to leak from the EGR module. The leaks, in tandem with soot-buildup characteristic of diesel operation, could ignite a fire. The latest recall covers various models manufactured between 2010 and 2017. BMW is sending out letters to all owners of potentially affected units.