German high-end carmaker BMW said today it would recall more than one million additional diesel cars, citing a problem with the exhaust system that “in extreme cases can cause a fire”.

Cooling fluid can leak from a faulty component called the exhaust gas re-circulation cooler, combining with other substances in the system to cause the fire risk, the group said.

Combined with an August announcement targeting 480,000 cars, BMW is now recalling a total of 1.6 million vehicles worldwide.

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