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BMW Faces Criminal Probe in South Korea Over Engine Fires

  • Move threatens to prolong luxury carmaker’s woes in country
  • Nearly 40 cases of BMWs catching fire reported in Korea
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BMW Fined Almost $10 million in SKO
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BMW AG is facing a criminal probe in South Korea after investigators concluded the manufacturer concealed fire hazards and delayed recalls for a problem that has dented sales and its reputation in the Asian country.

South Korea’s transport ministry plans to ask prosecutors to investigate the German carmaker, the ministry said in a statement on Monday. Korea also fined BMW 11.2 billion won ($10 million) for belatedly recalling 22,670 vehicles. The team that’s been investigating BMW since August found defects that could cause coolant to leak and set the engine on fire.