BMW's joint venture in China is recalling 143,000
cars to fix a defect in the power steering, China's product quality
supervision authority said Monday.
The cars are long-wheelbase versions of the BMW 5 Series manufactured from August 2009 to August 2012 at the Shenyang plant of a joint venture between the German company and the Chinese car group Brilliance.
The product quality agency said driving on flooded roads could in extreme cases lead to water getting inside a plug and rusting it, affecting the power assist and endangering safety.
A spokeswoman for the joint venture confirmed the recall and said some cable seals "have been found not to match BMW specifications."
BMW Brilliance is to replace the plugs at no cost when the China-wide recall gets under way September 23.
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