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BMW completed safety inspections on nearly 70 pct of cars subject to recalls

All Headlines 15:12 August 13, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- BMW's South Korean unit has completed safety inspections on nearly 70 percent of its cars that are subject to recalls, a ruling party lawmaker said Monday, as the German carmaker is struggling to allay lingering public concern about its vehicles.

Shin Chang-hyun, a lawmaker for the Democratic Party, said 72,188 out of 106,317 BMW cars have undergone safety inspections as of midnight Sunday, citing a report by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Of the total, BMW Korea replaced the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) in 1,860 cars.

BMW has said faulty EGR is to blame for fires of it cars operating in South Korea.

BMW Korea has said it plans to complete safety inspections of the remaining cars by Tuesday -- six days before the official recall is set to start to fix the faulty part, which is designed to clean up emissions.

On Sunday, a BMW 520 sedan caught fire on a road in Hanam, just east of Seoul, raising to 38 the number of vehicles made by the luxury carmaker that have been affected by the problem.

The transport ministry said it has begun an analysis on data related to the design changes made to the automotive part after getting it from the carmaker.

Firefighters put out a fire in a BMW 520d sedan on a road in Hanam, east of Seoul, on Aug. 12, 2018, in this photo provided by the Hanam Fire Station. (Yonhap) (END)

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