A group of South Korean customers has jointly filed a lawsuit against BMW over a component that appears to have recently caused fires in one of its best-selling sedans, the company and the customers' lawyer said Monday.
On Monday, four owners of the BMW 520d sedan lodged a joint suit with the Seoul Central District Court against BMW Korea and Deutsche Motors, the local distributor of BMW vehicles, Ha Jong-sun, an attorney at Barun Law, which represents the four plaintiffs, told Yonhap News Agency by phone.
"The number of the 520d sedan participating in the suit is expected to increase down the road," Ha said.
The legal action comes after several BMW 520d sedans and other BMW models caught fire while being driven in South Korea, the attorney said.
"There are suspicions that the German carmaker has not responded properly to a series of fire incidents in its models sold in Korea in the past three years," he said.
Balking at Ha's argument, BMW said they have responded to those vehicle incidents by replacing faulty components and compensating affected vehicle owners (Yonhap News)