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South Korea to ban 20,000 BMW cars over engine fires

About 20,000 Bayerische Motoren Werke AG vehicles in South Korea will be banned from plying the roads following incidents of engine fires, Reuters reported Aug. 14, citing South Korea's transport ministry.

The BMW cars are part of a previously announced recall but have not yet received safety inspections, the newswire said. The ban will take effect once the affected car owners receive a mail notice, which will be as early as Aug. 15.

The decision comes amid increasing public concern over engine fires in BMW vehicles. Around 28 incidents have been reported in total, according to Yonhap News Agency, which prompted the automaker's Korean arm to apologize and recall 106,000 vehicles from Aug. 20.

BMW said an exhaust-gas-recirculation module malfunction may be causing the engine fires. BMW issued a recall of its diesel cars in Europe last week due to the same issue.