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BMW recalls 232,000 vehicles to inspect engine for possible oil loss

BMW AG said it would recall 232,000 imported and locally produced cars in China to check for potentially defective screws and said it would decide whether more recalls were necessary in other markets.

BMW will check whether vehicles with six-cylinder gasoline engines have screws on a certain component that are prone to breaking and may cause an oil loss, a spokesman said.

China's regulator, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, informed BMW on Wednesday that the recall was necessary, the spokesman said, adding that BMW would start inspecting vehicles in June.

Of the vehicles due for inspection, 93,000 are 3- and 5-series cars produced in China with joint venture partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, the spokesman said.

"We are reviewing the situation for other markets," the spokesman said, adding that BMW 1-, 3-, 5- and 6-series vehicles as well as the X1, X3, X5, X6 and Z4 are being probed for the fault.

Engines that are prone to the defect come from a batch produced from 2009 to 2013, the spokesman said.

Vehicles will be checked to see if the screws on the casing of the valve timing system are prone to breaking. If a screw breaks, the engine may lose oil and a warning lamp will alert owners to seek a repair to prevent engine damage.

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