Safety concerns prompt mass recall of BMW vehiclesBMW vehicles are being recalled after reports of vehicle engines shutting down while traveling and concerns over a fire risk related to batteries.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced that it has ordered a recall of nearly 50,000 vehicles from brands including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors.
Of the vehicles that the government has recalled, 70 percent are BMWs.
The government ordered the recall of 36,300 BMWs including the BMW 520d and BMW 530e iPerformance.
According to the government, 35,420 BMW vehicles may have problems with the lubrication of the timing chain. This could cause the timing chain to break, turning off the engine while driving.
Additionally, 880 vehicles including the BMW 530e iPerformance were recalled due to faults in high-voltage battery packs that could lead to the vehicle catching fire.
Mercedes-Benz was ordered to recall 3,154 of its vehicles including the GLK 220 CDI 4MATIC due to faulty parts.
The government recalled a total of 7,427 Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors vehicles, including Sante Fe, Carnival and Sorento cars manufactured between July and October.
According to the government, these vehicles had problems with fuel hoses that could lead to leaks, raising the risk of the vehicle catching fire.
Hyundai Motor recently had to apologize and voluntarily recall its popular EV compact SUV Kona after 12 incidents of the vehicle catching fire were reported.
Audi Volkswagen had to recall 2,854 vehicles due to a faulty safety belt warning signs, including its A4.
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