Johann Ebenbichler, Vice President of quality control department of BMW group speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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German automaker BMW apologized Monday for a spate of engine fires in South Korea that angered consumers and sparked a government investigation into an alleged delay in recalling more than 100,000 cars.More than 30 BMW cars – mostly the 520d sedan model – have caught fire this year in South Korea, forcing the firm to issue a recall last month to fix a faulty component that was aimed at reducing emissions from diesel engines.Images of BMW vehicles bursting into flames have made headlines in the South recently, with some parking lots refusing to accept the cars because of fears they would catch fire.BMW sold nearly 39,000 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars in the first six months of this year, according to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.
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