Rabat – German luxury automaker BMW will recall over 323,700 cars across Europe due to a malfunction in the exhaust gas recirculation module.
After numerous BMW car engines caught fire in South Korea, prompting a South Korean government investigation and backlash from customers, BMW spokesperson Kim Hyo-Joon offered his sincere apologies to the government and consumers.
“We offer our sincere apology with our heads down for causing concern and anxiety among customers, the public and the government due to recent fire accidents,” Kim said in a press conference in Seoul on Wednesday, August 8. “We also offer a sincere apology to customers who suffered the latest fire accidents.”
BMW said that it will launch a recall of more than 100,000 diesel vehicles in South Korea alone, mostly the 520d sedans.
Similar cases have been reported in numerous European countries. In Germany 96,300 will be recalled, as well as 75,000 units in the UK, 23,500 in France, and 24,000 in Italy.
The malfunction in the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module that was initially aimed at reducing emissions from diesel engines, was revealed two years after the first cars caught fire.
The company’s Korean customers expressed anger because BMW knew of the problems, and they urged the government to open an investigation into BMW’s alleged delay in announcing a recall.
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The recall, expected to begin on August 20, aims to fix all issues related to the EGR that generated excessive sediment and caused fire.
However, according to South Korean media, all BMWs including those with a gasoline engine, are prevented from entering parking garages for fear they will cause a fire.
BMW says that it has not yet determined the cost of the recall as it will first examine how many cars require to be fixed.
The German giant is the second most popular luxury car in South Korea after Mercedes. It sold more than 59,624 vehicles in South Korea this year, according to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.