The South Korean authorities says hundreds of BMWs will probably be banned from the nation’s roads after some autos caught hearth.
The German automaker is dealing with a public relations disaster in South Korea over the fires, which it has blamed on an issue with the automobiles’ exhaust programs.
BMW ( recalled greater than 100,000 autos in South Korea final month and has been finishing up emergency inspections. It )expanded the checks to Europe final week.
As of late Monday, greater than 27,000 of the affected BMWs in South Korea nonetheless hadn’t been checked, in keeping with the South Korean authorities.
“Our residents are deeply involved,” Transportation Minister Kim Hyun-mee stated Tuesday. She ordered native authorities to ban individuals from driving any of the doubtless fire-prone BMWs that have not been introduced in for checks.
BMW house owners who obtain the notices ordering them to take their automobiles in for inspection will solely be allowed to drive the autos for the aim of the security examine.
“We’re taking to coronary heart our residents’ criticism that the essential obligation of presidency is to protect its residents’ security,” Kim stated. If a hearth breaks out in a automobile defying the ban, the particular person accountable will probably be reported to police, in keeping with the ministry.
As many as 39 BMW autos have caught hearth to date this yr, in keeping with South Korean media. No deaths or accidents have been reported.
BMW has linked the issue to defects with the autos’ exhaust gasoline recirculation module, a part of a system that channels some fumes again into the engine to scale back air pollution.
The South Korean authorities has launched its personal investigation into the reason for the fires.
BMW was the second hottest model of imported automobiles in South Korea final yr, promoting almost 60,000 autos, in keeping with the Korea Car Importers & Distributors Affiliation, you’ll want to find out more here. The German firm offered greater than 2 million autos worldwide final yr.
The top of BMW in South Korea held a information convention final week wherein he bowed deeply earlier than the cameras and supplied the corporate’s “honest apology” for the issues.
Following the federal government’s announcement of the ban Tuesday, BMW stated in a press release that it could “actively cooperate with the federal government, take duty and perform inspections till the final buyer.”
— Sophie Jeong and Jake Kwon contributed to this report.
CNNMoney (Hong Kong) First revealed August 14, 2018: 5:32 AM ET