BMW apologizes after 30 cars caught fire in South Korea
More than 30 diesel BMWs caught fire in South Korea because of problems with the anti-pollution system. After being called out by the country’s government, BMW apologized and will start a recall procedure.
Over the January-July period, more than thirty BMWs, mostly 520d models, caught fire in South Korea. After a government probe and a serious call from the Korean Transport Minister inviting the Bavarian manufacturer to deal with the scandal, BMW presented its apologies to the costumers.
Failing antipollution system
“For the recent series of fire incidents that happened in the country, we sincerely apologize for causing worry and anxiety among people and government authorities”, declared BMW Korea Chairman, Kim Hyo-Joon, during a press conference yesterday.
The second most popular car maker in South Korea stated it had learned of the problems back in 2016, but couldn’t find the source before June this year. The fault is to be found in the Exhaust Gas Recirculation antipollution system (EGR valve) that sends exhaust gases in the combustion chamber for them to be burned a second time. This device produces excessive deposit that caused the fire.
106.000 vehicles to recall
“The same frequency of incidents has been observed in other regions”, added BMW’s Vice-President in charge of quality, Johann Ebenbichler. Indeed, BMW doesn’t produce any anti-pollution systems especially for Korea and the EGR valve is installed on all its diesel engine cars. A recall campaign of 42 models adding up to about 106.000 diesel vehicles will start from August 20th in South Korea.
For now, a total of 17 South Korean owners of BMWs filed a class action lawsuit against the Bavarian car maker but lawyer Ha Jon-seon says twelve more clients will join the action soon. They claim a compensation of 5 million won (3.872 euro).