UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI)—Amid  a series of vehicles catching on fire, the government of South Korea has banned nearly 20,000 BMWs.

Transportation Minister Kim Hyun-mee on Tuesday, Aug. 14, said that the subsequent accidents seriously concern their citizens.

South Korea has recorded more than 30 road fire-related cases involving the BMWs this year.

The Korean minister ordered local authorities to require BMW owners to have their cars undergo safety checks before they are allowed to drive.

BMW officials said the main cause of road fire incidents is due to defects in the exhaust gas recirculation system.

Following the event, the German car company has already recalled 106,000 vehicles of 42 models from last month.

The company has since offered a “sincere apology” to the country after it held a news conference last week.