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>> South Korea said it's banning some 20,000 BMW vehicles on Tuesday, as public fear rises over engine fires. A series of 27 engines in BMW vehicles went up in flames between January and July this year. The company says its found the root cause of the fires, and its courier unit apologized last week.
BMW will also recall more than a 100,000 diesel vehicles beginning next week, including its 520d model. South Korea is a relatively small auto market, but it sees major sales for premium foreign cars. BMW was only second to Mercedes in the country, saw its sales in 2017 more than double from five years ago.
The South Korean government says, they're running their own separate probe into the defects. And owners hit by the ban must be off the road, once a notice arrives in the mail.