The automaker BMW will recall 323,700 diesel engines in Europe to test and replace a potentially defective exhaust gas recirculation module. As a result, a recall in South Korea is expanding into the BMW’s home market.
According to the Korean government, this year in more than 30 cases engines have caught fire and the cars went up in flames. The company has been registering these cases of fire in Korea since 2016. BMW does not specify the number of cases in Europe.
In South Korea, the automaker has voluntarily ordered around 106,000 diesel vehicles into the workshop. In Europe, the process will begin soon, confirmed a spokesman for the BMW Group to F.A.Z. In the coming days, the dealers should contact the affected customers. The diesel vehicles sold in Korea are according to BMW specifications identical to the models sold in Europe. The cost of the recalls for the company are still unclear, the spokesman said. He estimated the cost of replacing the module at a “low three-digit” amount. If one uses 500 euros, the recall in Europe could cost around 160 million euros.
In South Korea, the recall reached considerable dimensions. Affected are 42 diesel models, which were built between March 2011 and November 2016, and almost all models with a 4-cylinder diesel engine, said a spokeswoman for BMW Korea. With 106,000 vehicles, the number is quite low in absolute terms. However, the recall affects about half of all BMW vehicles that the automaker sold in the period in South Korea. The focus of attention is an older version of the model 520d. In about half of the fire incidents in South Korea this year, a specimen of this model went up in flames.
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
UPDATE 23. 10. 2018: BMW expands the fire risk recall to 1.6 million cars
Editor´s Note: It is worth mentioning the fact that already in December 2016, BMW also recalled models from the years 2011 – 2016 through the Rapex system. There was also a risk of fire, but the defect was in the control unit of the electronic power steering, which may have been incorrectly manufactured – see our archive.