Hyundai, Kia to re­call 240,000 ve­hi­cles

New Straits Times - - Business World -

SEOUL: Hyundai Mo­tor Co and af­fil­i­ate Kia Mo­tors Corp said yes­ter­day they will re­call 240,000 ve­hi­cles in South Korea af­ter the gov­ern­ment is­sued a com­pul­sory re­call or­der over safety de­fects first flagged by a whistle­blower.

This is the first time ever that the Trans­port Min­istry has or­dered a com­pul­sory re­call of Hyundai and Kia ve­hi­cles.

The min­istry also asked prose­cu­tors to in­ves­ti­gate whether or not the car­mak­ers al­legedly cov­ered up the five flaws, which af­fect 12 mod­els, in­clud­ing the Elantra, Sonata and Ge­n­e­sis.

The planned re­calls will add to the 1.5 mil­lion ve­hi­cles that Hyundai and Kia last month of­fered to fix in South Korea and the United States over pos­si­ble en­gine stalling — a de­fect also flagged by en­gi­neer Kim Gwangho who last year had re­ported de­fects to the safety reg­u­la­tors in the two coun­tries. Reuters

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