VW and BMW recall half a million cars
Volkswagen and BMW issued recalls on half a million cars this week – with VW warning that fuel lines in their most modern diesel engines can leak, and BMW saying their Minis could catch fire due to electrical problems.
Volkswagen said on Monday it was contacting the owners of more than 300,000 cars around the world with the most modern diesel engines, because the fuel injection lines could become cracked.
The cars affected include the Golf, Jetta and Tiguan models with two litre diesel engines, built since 2009. The firm said subsidiary companies Audi, Skoda and Seat were also affected. It will carry out the necessary work free.
BMW is recalling around 235,000 Minis, including 22,000 in Germany, saying the electrics of a water pump can overheat in extreme cases. Only the top models – Cooper S and John Cooper Works – are affected, in the those case built between 2006 and 2011. The parts will be replaced free, BMW said.