Audi is recalling around 10,000 A4 and A5 models sold in Korea from Aug. 28, 2008 until March 9, 2012.
The specific models are the A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro, A5 2.0 TFSI Quattro and A5 Cabriolet TFSI Quattro. The German luxury carmaker sold 9,813 of them here.
The problem involves inadequate catalytic converters.
The Environment Ministry slapped a W1 billion (US$1=W1,052) fine on Audi for using components in the cars that are of lower quality than required and intends to press charges if the German carmaker violates environmental regulations.
An Audi spokesman said the components are not malfunctioning but simply unsuited to Korean standards. Audi plans to replace the catalytic converters free of charge.
For inquiries, dial Audi's customer hotline at 080-767-2834.