Seoul, Aug 30: South Korean police on Thursday conducted raids at the headquarters of BMW as part of a probe into whether the German carmaker covered up defects that had led to a series of engine fires this year.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency reportedly sent a team of 30 officers to search the headquarters.
Earlier this year, more than 40 BMWs caught fire in South Korea following which customers filed a complaint to police seeking a criminal probe into BMW and nine top officials.
The South Korean Transport Ministry also initiated a probe into the matter and told the German carmaker on August 15 to start recalling a total of 1,06,000 cars for an obligatory safety inspection.
Over 40 BMW models, all with diesel engines and made between March 2011 and November 2016, are affected.
BMW Korea chief Kim Hyo Joon had apologized for the fires, blaming the problem on a defect in the vehicles’ exhaust gas recirculation cooler.
“We will conduct a thorough investigation to reveal the truth,” police said on Thursday after confiscating documents and other materials on the ground.
As per the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association, six out of 10 imported cars are from Germany in Seoul, with BMW selling nearly 39,000 vehicles in the first six months of this year.