BMW Under Criminal Investigation In South Korea Over Engine Fires

South Korea’s transport ministry is planning to call a criminal probe on BMW after investigators concluded that the car maker concealed fire hazards and delayed recalls.

South Korean officials have also fined BMW with 11.2 billion won ($10 million) for the delayed recall of 22,670 vehicles. The officials have been investigating the German car maker since August, finding defects that could lead to coolant leaks and set the engine on fire, Bloomberg reports.

The same report goes on saying that there have been nearly 40 cases of BMW models catching fire reported this year. BMW, which has recalled 1.6 million vehicles worldwide this year over the issue, saw its sales fall by about 10 percent during the first 11 months of the year in South Korea.

BMW Korea has issued an apology statement following the announcement of the transport ministry, saying that they will cooperate with the ongoing investigations.

South Korea officials said that the investigation found a faulty design in BMW’s exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) unit that sparked the fire, and added that they will decide if more recalls are necessary.

BMW on the other hand denied that there’s a design defect and said that they recalled models in a timely manner.”We embarked on recall measures without hesitation at the time when the root cause of fires was confirmed,” BMW Korea said.

The rate of BMW vehicles catching fire was 0.14 percent in South Korea. That’s similar to the 0.19 percent in Germany and 0.17 percent in the UK but lower than the rates in the U.S. and China.

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  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    The hype surrounding German reliability and quality continues to takes a battering.

    • estradings

      I wouldn’t laughing if I were you.

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        And why is that?

        • Dude

          I can only guess but I think it’s because British and the other European automakers are similarly known to be unreliable. Though idk his rant above is weird

      • Alex Maverick

        No, BMW shouldn’t be laughing, they should be sorting out their sh1t reliability record. Cheap sh1tty plastic swirl flaps snapping off and falling into the cylinders, destroying engines. for example.
        In the good old days, things like that were made of metal (and in case you couldn’t guess, DIDN’T BREAK OFF AND FALL INTO THE ENGINE… because…. they were QUALITY, not cheap plastic sh1te!….) German engineering. Try equalling that with German manufacturing… for foreign markets BMW….

    • Momogg

      To be honest, I am not really surprised.

    • Alex Maverick

      Probably only in foreign markets. BMW reliability has been crap in UK for over 10 yrs now. Are they also crap when built for the German home market? I bet they’re not!….

  • Bash

    I don’t think it’s a design error or faults, but I do think that it’s South Korea attempt to somehow limit the sales there and push for more local car manufacturers sales.

    • estradings

      No. Don’t think so.. BMW thought Korean market was where they can play around with numbers and get away with just playing around with Korean government. If this kind of thing happen in our country, BMW will be raped with all kinds of criminal charges from consumer reports and other consumer protection craps.. Well, think again BMW, Korea Republic is not a country you want to play around with, dude. Koreans are now world’s top 10 richest and economic powers. BMW might have got confused with North Korea.. I hope they don’t!! Y’all BMW need to wake up and smell the coffee!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • PK

        i concur. south korea is not a country to be f***** around with.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      You really believe that? South Koreans clearly care about protecting consumers that buy trash products. BMW is really developing a reputation for it. An inquest here in the UK found that BMW’s failure to recall cars with an electrical fault contributed to a driver’s death.

    • bd0007

      Guess that’s why Germany and the UK have been seeing a similar (actually higher) rate of fires.

      And why would SK care to limit BMW sales when Mercedes has taken the lead?

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