The transport ministry of South Korea said it will ban approximately 20,000 BMWs from its roads, following 27 cases of engine fires in the country. The incidents prompted the company’s Korea unit to issue an apology, as well as a recall for 106,000 diesel-powered vehicles including the 520d, according to Automotive News Europe.

“I am asking owners of the BMW cars subject to the recall to actively cooperate to prevent bigger accidents, despite your inconvenience,” said the transport minister of South Korea Kim Hyun-mee. Owners of the affected vehicles can drive the affected units for safety checks, and the ban is intended for quicker safety checks rather than to punish the owners, the transport ministry said.

The order for the car ban will be effective as soon as owners receive a mail notice, which is from Aug 15, the transport minister said. The German automaker identified defects in the exhaust gas recirculation system, while the South Korean government is conducting a separate investigation into the case and may take legal action if deemed necessary.

The issue affecting said diesel-powered models also extended to BMW’s European market, for which the automaker has issued a ‘technical campaign’ for the region.

BMW is the second best-selling imported automaker in South Korea, the report notes, behind fellow German make Mercedes-Benz, with the Munich-based marque charting 59,624 vehicle sales last year. This is a figure that has more than doubled from five years ago, according to Autmotive News Europe.