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South Korea announces a ban on 20,000 BMW vehicles

Updated December 4, 2018

Earlier in the day( August 14th), it was reported by Reuters that the Transport Ministry of South Korea will be imposing a ban on nearly 20,000 BMW (BMWG.DE) vehicles from the streets due to growing public concerns of engine fires.

South Korea’s Transport Ministry was forced to implement a driving ban as reportedly 27 engines have gone up in flames from the first months of this year till July.

Due to this, even BMW’s Korea unit had no choice but to issue an apology last week whilst announcing a recall of nearly 106,000 diesel vehicles that includes the 520d from Aug. 20.

According to the Transport Ministry, Due to growing safety concerns raised by the public,  the government order will also affect the 20,000 BMW cars that are part of the recall and those which have still not received safety checks.

In a press conference, Kim Hyun-mee, Transport Minister of Korea went on to state “I request all owners of the BMW cars that fall under the recall to actively cooperate, so that we prevent any bigger accidents, we understand the inconvenience it would cause, but it is something that has to be done.”

The ministry did, however, mention that those who own the affected vehicles can indeed drive for safety checks.

The ministry also further revealed that the ban is aimed for quicker safety checks rather than taking any disciplinary action against the holders.

As the South Korean Government has announced that it will conduct a separate investigation into the case and also take legal actions if needed, Officials at the German automaker have gone on to identify the root cause as defects in the exhaust gas recirculation system.

Furthermore, South Korea’s transport minister also said that the order would come into effect as soon as owners of the affected cars receive a mail notice, which would be delivered by Aug. 15.

Coming in ranked 11th, South Korea is a comparatively small market for global auto sales, however, it offers a lot of potential for lucrative, premium vehicles and is currently dominated by Kia Motors (000270.KS) and Hyundai Motor (005380.KS).

 

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