South Korea to ban some BMW autos over engine fires (News)

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Firemen put out a burning BMW in Uiwang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea (9 Aug 2018)

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BMW has recalled 106,000 vehicles in South Korea due to rising fears about hearth

The South Korean authorities has mentioned it can ban about 20,000 BMWs from its streets after a spate of the autos catching hearth.

The ban will apply to vehicles which haven’t but been despatched to BMW for security checks underneath a voluntary recall.

Practically 30 engines caught on hearth in 2018 primarily within the BMW’s 520d sedan fashions.

BMW has already come underneath scrutiny this yr, recalling hundreds of vehicles within the UK over questions of safety.

“The ministry will ask mayors to order homeowners of unchecked BMW autos to have their vehicles’ security checked or to cease driving them,” Transport Minister Kim Hyun-mee mentioned on Tuesday, in keeping with the Korea Occasions.

Native governments have the authority to points such orders underneath South Korean legislation.

“The order will take impact as quickly because the homeowners obtain letters from mayors,” mentioned Mr Kim.

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BMW’s South Korean chairman Kim Hyo-joon bowed in apology at a press convention final week

BMW officers in South Korea apologised final week for the fires.

They’ve put the issue right down to defects within the exhaust gasoline recirculation system, in keeping with Reuters. The South Korean authorities can be investigating the trigger.

The German automotive firm has already recalled greater than 300,000 autos this yr, extending a UK recall after the BBC’s Watchdog programme discovered the autos may lower out utterly whereas being pushed.

Final yr, it recalled greater than 36,000 petrol vehicles because of questions of safety after a deadly crash.

The BMW had suffered {an electrical} fault, inflicting its brake lights to fail and ensuing within the car stalling and crashing right into a tree.

BMW additionally recalled 500,000 vehicles within the US in 2013, in addition to in Australia, Canada and South Africa.

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