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Jeep, Toyota to recall nearly 4,000 cars in S. Korea

All Headlines 08:55 January 05, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Yonhap) -- FCA Korea, the local importer and distributor of Jeep SUVs, will recall more than 3,000 cars sold in South Korea for various safety issues related to the air bags and transmission, the transportation ministry said Thursday.

Air bags in the Jeep Wrangler may not deploy properly due to a possible accumulation of dust through a defective steering column cover, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The recall affects 1,080 Wrangler SUVs produced between Jan. 31, 2007, and July 21, 2010.

The Jeep Wrangler (Photo courtesy of transportation ministry)

An additional 985 cars of three models, including the Jeep Cherokee, will be recalled due to a problem in the transmission, which may shift to the neutral position while the vehicle is on the move, causing the car to lose power and lead to a possible accident.

The cars with such a problem were produced between April 6, 2014, and June 24, 2015, the ministry said in a press release.

Also, 930 units of the Jeep Wrangler, produced between Sept. 11, 2015, and Aug. 13, 2016, will be recalled for what the ministry called an inappropriate location of front sensors that may fail to detect a crash, possibly leading to the failure of the cars' air bags and seat belt pretensioner.

Toyota Korea, the local importer of Toyota and luxury Lexus vehicles, is also recalling 922 Lexus vehicles sold here for an issue related to the rear seat headrest.

The Lexus RX450h (Photo courtesy of transportation ministry)

Under the country's safety law, actions required to detach a car seat headrest must be clearly distinguished from those required to simply raise the headrest, the ministry said.

The Lexus cars, however, do not have such a distinction between actions required to detach or simply raise the headrest.

The recall affects 922 units of the RX350 and RX450h crossover SUVs, produced between May 12, 2015, and Nov. 16, 2016.

Free repair services for Lexus vehicles are currently available at any Toyota and Lexus service centers throughout the country.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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