BMW has increased the number of its cars that should be recalled in South Korea by approximately 60,000 to 170,000 or so. The German automaker started its business in South Korea in 1988 and sold 402,406 cars in the country until September this year. In other words, the size of the recall is equivalent to more than 42% of its total sales volume in South Korea.
BMW Korea announced on October 23 that it would recall more cars due to the EGR module problems. Specifically, 65,763 units are scheduled to be recalled among the BMW and Mini cars produced between May 2011 and May 2017.
Three months ago, BMW Korea said that it would recall 106,317 diesel cars produced between March 2011 and November 2016, which are divided into 42 models. The size of the recall attributable to the possibility of fires has increased to 172,080 vehicles.
“We conducted an additional investigation and included vehicles with lower fire risks,” BMW Korea explained, adding, “The newly added cars have parts different from those of the vehicles on the list released in July.” It went on to say, “The additional recall is based on our talks with the South Korean government and is for preventive purposes although the newly added cars have much lower fire risks than the previous ones.”
The ongoing recall by BMW Korea is the largest in the history of the South Korean imported car market. The previous record was set by Volkswagen, which recalled 125,000 cars for the exhaust gas scandal.
BMW Korea said that the recall is going well. According to the company, 56% of the cars on the list released in late July were repaired until October 21. Earlier, the Volkswagen Tiguan, the first model recalled for the scandal, reached 50% in more than six months.