SEOUL, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — BMW Korea will voluntarily recall 106,317 vehicles to fix a faulty component that may cause fires in the engine area of 42 different models, the transport ministry said Thursday.
The German carmaker’s massive recall decision comes after several BMW 520d sedans have caught fire while being driven in South Korea.
BMW has identified the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), one of the principal methods used to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel engines, as the main cause of the recent fires in the engine compartment of the 520d sedan, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said in a statement.
Forty-one other models are also subject to the planned recall as they incorporate the problematic EGR in their engine systems, it said.
Owners of the affected BMW models can visit BMW’s 61 after-sales services centers across the country to have the EGR fixed starting Aug. 20, the ministry said.
BMW said Thursday it is planning to compensate customers who had their cars catch fire due to the faulty EGR.
The ministry said it will closely monitor whether BMW completes the planned recalls of the affected vehicles.