South Korea Recalls 240000 Hyundai And Kias After Whistleblower Leak

Hyundai and Kia have been arguing the five flaws pose no safety risk, but they said in a joint statement that they will cede to the compulsory recall order. On May 12, the Ministry ordered the companies to make corrections while also asking Prosecutors to investigate allegations that the companies covered up defects - allegations that the Ministry believes are plausible.

Kim Gwang-ho had flown to the US past year to address these issues with American authorities, and that led to the voluntary recall of 1.5 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles in North American and South Korea, due to a problem that could lead engines to stall.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

A whistleblower has sparked the recall of 240,000 vehicles made by Hyundai and Kia.


As previously publicly reported by the Ministry, the defects include faulty brake vacuum lines and possible defects in wheel lugnut assemblies, parking-brake alert signal systems, engine control canisters and fuel lines.

Hyundai's i30 hatchback is among the models affected by the recall. The transport ministry later asked the automakers to recall the vehicles over eight of the 32 defects.

Upon receiving the ministry's recall order, the carmakers are required to announce their recall plans through media and notify the owners of affected vehicles of their planned recalls within the next 30 days, it said. Its sister company Kia Motors who doesn't have new models except for compact hybrid SUV Niro also saw its total SUV sales fall 24.5 percent from 16,908 units to 12,770 units.

It is generally believed Kim also complained to NHTSA, the USA auto-safety regulator, which ordered a massive recall of 1.2 million vehicles in the US and Canada that were equipped with Theta II engines. The companies objected that these five defects did not interfere with driving safety, but the Ministry concluded after hearing their arguments that issuing a recall was the appropriate course of action.


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