BMW Korea will additionally recall 108,000 cars with the possibility of erupting into flames following its first recall in August of 2018.
The additional recall is a follow-up measure after the Joint Public-Private Investigation Team said in its investigation report that BMW should solve an intake manifold problem separate from the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) issue that was identified as the main cause of some fires on BMW cars.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said on Jan. 23 that BMW would immediately recall 20,436 vehicles that finished the first recall but either have EGR leak problems or have not been confirmed to have EGR leaks. For these cars, the intake manifolds will be replaced with new ones. Even though the automaker replaced problematic EGRs of these cars in the first recall, it did not replace their intake manifolds, leaving them prone to fires. The carmaker will also replace old EGRs which were produced during the September-December period of 2016 and installed in 9,053 vehicles during the first recall with the latest ones. This means that the number of BMW vehicles for the instant recall is amounts to 30,000.
During the first recall, BMW replaced EGRs in 73,900 vehicles with new ones without checking them for EGR leaks. For these vehicles, the carmaker has been checking the conditions of the separated EGRs. It will replace the intake manifolds of the cars whose separated EGRs have leak problems. Recall notices and text messages will be sent to owners of the BMW vehicles to be recalled. If a BMW owner input the vehicle identification number of his car at the website of the Korea Transportation Safety Authority’s Automobile Recall Center, the system will immediately show whether his car is subject to the recall.
The additional recall will not cover the 65,763 vehicles that are included in the second recall that began in November of 2018 and the 6,654 vehicles that are included in the first recall but have not been recalled yet. In the ongoing second recall, intake manifolds are replaced for cars that are found to have EGR problems.