South Korea to ban a few BMW vehicles over engine fires

Firemen put out a burning BMW in Uiwang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea (9 Aug 2018) Symbol copyright EPA Image caption BMW has recalled 106,000 automobiles in South Korea as a result of rising fears approximately hearth

The South Korean executive has mentioned it’s going to ban approximately 20,000 BMWs from its streets after a spate of the cars catching hearth.

The ban will observe to automobiles that have no longer but been sent to BMW for protection checks beneath a voluntary remember.

Nearly 30 engines stuck on hearth in 2018 basically in the BMW’s 520d sedan models.

BMW has already come under scrutiny this yr, recalling lots of automobiles within the UNITED KINGDOM over questions of safety.

“The ministry will ask mayors to reserve owners of unchecked BMW cars to have their vehicles’ safety checked or to prevent riding them,” Shipping Minister Kim Hyun-mee said on Tuesday, according to the Korea Occasions.

Symbol copyright Reuters Image caption BMW’s South Korean chairman Kim Hyo-joon bowed in apology at a press conference remaining week

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

They have positioned the problem down to defects in the exhaust gas recirculation machine, in line with Reuters. The South Korean executive may be investigating the cause.

The German automotive corporate has already recalled more than THREE HUNDRED,000 cars this 12 months, extending a UNITED KINGDOM remember after the BBC’s Watchdog programme found the vehicles could cut out completely even as being driven.

Last year, it recalled more than 36,000 petrol automobiles as a result of issues of safety after a deadly crash.

The BMW had suffered an electrical fault, inflicting its brake lights to fail and resulting in the car stalling and crashing into a tree.

BMW also recalled 500,000 automobiles in the US in 2013, as well as in Australia, Canada and South Africa.

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