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THE INVESTOR
February 16, 2019
Big Reunion

Automobiles

BMW completes 94% of EGR replacement

  • PUBLISHED :January 29, 2019 - 14:16
  • UPDATED :January 29, 2019 - 14:16
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[THE INVESTOR]
BMW Korea has replaced more than 100,000 units of the exhaust gas recirculation component in affected vehicles since a recall started five months ago, the company said on Jan. 29.

A total of 100,090 BMW vehicles have had the EGR component replaced so far, which translates into a completion ratio of 94 percent. The EGR is one of the principal devices used to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel engines. 


In late August, BMW began the recall of 106,000 vehicles following dozens of engine fires, mostly in its 520d sedan.  

BMW started a second recall in late November, in which the faulty part was replaced in nearly 32,700 vehicles, a completion ratio of more than 50 percent.

The company said it is making all-out efforts to contact owners of unrecalled vehicles to have EGR components replaced as early as possible.

In late December, Korea’s Transport Ministry fined BMW 11.2 billion won (US$10 million) for allegedly trying to hide faulty parts and belatedly recalling its vehicles after some engines caught fire.

The move came after an investigative panel made up of civilian experts and government officials found that the fires were caused by faulty EGR valves.

By Ram Garikipati and newswires (ssh@heraldcorp.com)

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