BMW USA agrees to recall 30,000 cars with faulty pollution controls

Following EPA durability tests that showed some BMW cars had malfunctioning oxygen sensor, the company's US division has agreed to recall 30,000 cars and replace the faulty part. Left unsolved, the problem could allow the vehicles to exceed the US federal nitrogen oxide exhaust emission standard.

The vehicles involved in the recall are 1995 models from BMW’s 5, 7 and 8 series. BMW will notify owners of the cars, inviting them to have their cars repaired, at no charge.

BMW’s agreement to the recall comes only weeks after Toyota refused to a recall when faced with a similar problem (see related story).

Faulty emissions monitoring by vehicles’ on-board computers has resulted in the EPA negotiating several recall agreements with US car manufacturers.

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