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BMW averts fire risks with 1.6 million-car recall

All products sold in the United States should be free of dangerous defects. Nevertheless, even the most well-respected manufacturers of luxury products have been known to make mistakes. The manufacturers of the most expensive vehicles, like BMW, Mercedes and Lexis, have made grave errors during their design and manufacturing processes that have resulted in death and catastrophic injuries.

For example, last Tuesday, BMW announced the recall of approximately 1.6 million cars because they're at risk of bursting into flames. Tuesday's recall announcement was an expansion of a recall across Asia and Europe that included 480,000 BMWs. The automaker expanded the recall to include over 1 million more cars throughout the world, including the United States and Canada.

According to BMW, it chose to recall the cars to avoid the risk of injury to drivers and passengers. The recall specifically relates to a number of diesel BMWs manufactured between 2010 and 2017.

BMW said that the emission control systems are at risk of leaking coolant fluid, which can mix with diesel soot and catch fire in affected cars. Thankfully, even though several cars have caught fire in South Korea, no reported injuries or deaths have been caused by the defects.

Vehicle fires have caused countless deaths in the United States. In some cases, these fires are not the result of a car accident, but instead, a vehicle defect. Regardless what kind of car was involved in your car accident, if your car burst into flames after a collision and were hurt because of it, you might want to determine if a vehicle defect caused the fire.

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