BMW recall impacts diesel version of the BMW X3.

BMW is recalling 44,368 diesel vehicles from the 2013 to 2017 model years because a fluid leak could lead to fire. The automaker is asking dealers to stop selling affected models in their used-car inventories until a fix can be made.

BMW says that the problem involves a device used to control diesel engine emissions, called the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module. The module uses a cooler that could leak, mixing coolant with diesel engine soot. Because that fluid is very hot, the soot particles could smolder and melt the intake manifold, which draws air into the engine. That could lead to a fire, BMW says.

BMW will notify owners of affected 3, 5, and 7 Series cars, and X3 and X5 SUVs starting on Dec. 17, 2018.

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: 44,368 diesel vehicles, including:

2013-2018 BMW 328d and 328d xDrive cars
2014-2018 328d Sports Wagon and 328d xDrive Sports Wagon
2014-2016 535d and 535d xDrive cars
2015 740Ld xDrive cars
2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d SUVs
2014-2017 X5 xDrive35d SUVs produced from Sept. 12, 2012, through June 19, 2017

The problem: The EGR module could develop a cooling-fluid leak. Heated coolant could mix with diesel engine soot and melt the intake manifold. That could lead to a fire.

The fix: Dealerships will inspect the EGR cooler and replace it if necessary. If there has been a leak, the manifold will also be replaced. All work will be done at no charge to owners. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact BMW customer service at 800-525-7417.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V755000

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BMW recall on diesel engines, such as this 3.0 liter.
3.0-liter, six-cylinder diesel engine.