Defect is present in six-cylinder in-line engines deployed in vehicles produced between September 2009 and November 2011, a spokesman for BMW said. In rare cases, bolts securing the casing of variable camshaft timing unit can loosen or snap, alerting the engine to enter into safe mode. This limits performance of the engine and lights up “check engine” or “service engine soon” warning indicator in instrument cluster.
BMW asks owners to contact dealer/service centre immediately if such a situation occurs, and if the cars seem to stall, they must pull over to the side of the road and call for tow service. Prolonged driving in safe mode may cause engine damage and inability to start. However, no accidents have been reported so far caused by this defect, says BMW spokesperson.
BMW India revealed in a mail to Rush Lane that no cars have been affected in India. Vehicles with this defective in-line six-cylinder engines include Series 1, 3, 5, 5GT, Crossovers X3, X5, X6 and Z4 between years 2010 and 2012, and 6 Series of year 2012.
Car manufacturers have recalled nearly 15 million vehicles due to mechanical defect since the start of this year. BMW, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Toyota and Volkswagen AG have all contributed to this up and coming trend. Pushing production rate to meet demand and competition may be the cause such scenarios, says industry experts. At the same time, they want to keep their image intact