Hyundai, Kia to Recall 240000 Vehicles for Faulty Parts

The South Korean government on Friday ordered vehicle makers Hyundai and Kia Motors to recall about 240,000 cars, after a tip off from a whistleblower, the media reported. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport ordered the sister companies, on Friday, to recall some 240-thousand units of 12 models that were found to have faulty parts, including vacuum pipes, parking brake lights and others. Hyundai Motor later issued a statement accepting and respecting the recall, but added that there had not been any "reported injuries or accidents from the cited issues". The transport ministry will also investigate into whether there was any sign of cover-up in the companies.

Kim Gwang-ho, a 55-year-old Hyundai employee of 25 years, told the BBC he couldn't let it go on any longer.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. The models include some of the carmakers' most popular ones - the Sonata, the Genesis and the Santa Fe. "We will continue to work with the ministry in order to assure the authority and all of our customers that Hyundai and Kia vehicles are the safest and best-built products on the road", the statement said.

Hyundai and Kia have already incurred heavy losses from recalling cars equipped with defective Theta 2 engines.




"Safety is always Hyundai-Kia's number one priority", it said. 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.

In March and April, the ministry had notified companies of its decision to recall vehicles that may be affected, but Hyundai and Kia raised objections to the "unacceptable" decision.

Hyundai and Kia initially rejected the recall, saying that the defects did not affect safety. If the automakers fail to comply with that order, the ministry could opt to shut down production and sales of the vehicles in question.

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