BMW Korea is planning to voluntarily recall more than 100,000 cars of 42 models due to the possibility of an engine fire. The recall is belated given that the possibility has been mentioned for three years. BMW Korea has been criticized for not recalling the cars with potential defects.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on July 26 that the importer will recall a total of 106,317 cars, including 35,115 units of the 520d sedan, 14,108 320d and 12,377 520d xDrive manufactured between March 2011 and November 2016. This is the largest recall ever in the imported car market of South Korea.
According to the ministry, the vehicles have an EGR problem causing high-temperature exhaust gas to flow into their intake manifolds without being cooled, and then holes may be formed to lead to a fire on the engine cover and so on. In South Korea, about 20 BMW vehicles have caught fire for the same reason.
BMW Korea is going to conduct an emergency safety inspection for the 42 models from July 27 and EGR module replacement from the middle of next month. In addition, it is going to pay resale value-equivalent cash to fire accident victims on condition that their vehicles have been regularly maintained by BMW Korea.