BMW said a shortage of steering gears supplied by Bosch slowed production of several of its models at its factories in South Africa and China.
“Our supplier Bosch is not currently able to provide us with a sufficient number of steering gears for the BMW 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series and 4 Series,” BMW said in a statement on Monday.
BMW plants in Tiexi, China and Rosslyn, South Africa have extended or pulled forward planned interruptions to production, the carmaker said.
“We are taking advantage of the flexibility of our processes to minimize economic damage. We expect that Bosch, as the responsible supplier, will compensate for damages,” BMW said.
In a statement, Bosch passed the blame to an unnamed supplier in Italy.
“One main component of the steering system is the housing; which Bosch procures from a sub-supplier in Italy. We are currently experiencing delivery problems with this supplier,” it said in an e-mailed statement.
The company said it was unclear when the bottleneck would be resolved, but added that it hoped customers would not have to wait longer for any ordered vehicles.
“We are taking advantage of the flexibility of our processes to minimize economic damage,” BMW said.[Source: Reuters]