BMW recalls 22,000 cars in Europe to check generator screws

MUNICH -- BMW is recalling 22,000 1-Series and 3-Series cars to check possible faults with a screw that holds the generator in place, the German premium carmaker said on Friday.

Cars with four-cylinder diesel engines that were built until March 2005 are affected, a company spokesman said. Vehicles equipped with air conditioning could see a screw break off, which can lead to engine overheating in some cases.

The spokesman said only a few cases of defective screws purchased from a supplier had come to light so far. The cost of replacing the screw would be minor, he added.

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