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Hyundai, Kia ordered to recall 240000 cars over safety concerns

17 May, 2017, 12:51 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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It is the first time the South Korean government have ordered a compulsory vehicle recall due to the flaws flagged up on 12 different vehicles.

Hyundai and Kia argued that the defects did not endanger drivers or passengers, citing an article in Korea's Motor Vehicle Management Act that stipulates manufacturers immediately report and rectify defects "hampering safe operation" of vehicles.

The recall results from information provided to the Ministry in September by a Hyundai whistleblower, Gwang-ho Kim.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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.

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Although Hyundai and Kia are dominant players in South Korea and mainline automakers in the US, they are both poised for a possible hit to their reputation over the recalls, and Korean customers are already irritated about a perceived lack of urgency to address problems, along with a perception that Hyundai and Kia models offered in the USA are sold with more and better features for less money than their home-country counterparts. After investigating 32 vehicle defects leaked previous year by a whistleblower at Hyundai Motor, the Ministry recommended last month that Hyundai and Kia initiate a voluntary recall for some of the defects.

The ministry later asked the automakers to recall the vehicles over eight of the 32 problems reported by Kim.

Hyundai Motor Co. and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors Corp. are part of the world's fifth-largest automaker Hyundai Motor Group.

In addition to the latest recall order, the ministry has requested that Hyundai and Kia fix minor faulty parts in nine cases free of charge, and will decide whether or not to force the carmaker to recall cars that may have problems down the line. 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.

The order came after the automakers refused to do a voluntary recall.

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