BMW cars are parked for emergency safety check ups at the playground of an elementary school near a BMW service center in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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South Korea will ban driving recalled BMWs that haven't received safety checks following dozens of fires the German automaker has blamed on a faulty exhaust gas component.Junghyun Kim, an official from BMW's South Korean unit, said the company has currently secured more than 14,000 cars it will lend to affected drivers for free until their BMWs are cleared to drive again.Nearly 40 fires of BMW vehicles this year are suspected to have been caused by engine problems.BMW last month recalled about 106,000 vehicles of 42 different models. BMW is recalling about 323,000 vehicles across Europe over concerns about the same exhaust component, but the company isn't yet sure whether EGR coolers have caused fires outside of South Korea, said Junghyun Kim, the South Korean BMW official.
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