Starting today (June 12), Hyundai-Kia Motors began recalls of a total of 238,000 cars (12 models) that were found to have defects.
After continuously refusing to recall the cars arguing that there were no significant safety issues, they eventually held a hearing to give an explanation. But they were eventually ordered by the government to conduct a mandatory recall.
Kim Jong-sung has more.
After a tug-of-war with the government over the question of recalling the cars, Hyundai-Kia Motors finally submitted.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation revealed that Hyundai-Kia Motors submitted a revision plan regarding the five defects, as of the hearing on May 12 for mandatory recall.
There is a total of 238,321 recalled Hyundai-Kia cars from 12 models, and the recall begins today.
Some of them, including the Genesis and the Equus, were found to have issues with the ignition switching off due to a problem in the engine burner, and 190 thousand Mojaves were found to have risks of tires being dislocated.
The Sonata and the Sonata Hybrid and a few Genesises were found to have parking break switches that did not work properly, and 250 thousand SUVs like the Santa Fe, the Sorento, and the Sportage were found to have a risk of catching fire if the fuel were to leak and its recalls will begin starting on June 16.
i30 and a few diesel cars with potentially deficient braking power due to problems with the break vacuum hose will be recalled starting on June 30.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation advised recalls due to safety problems since early this year, but Hyundai-Kia Motors refused to accept, saying they had no direct connection to safe driving and could be replaced with free repairs.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation said the possibility could not be excluded that Hyundai-Kia Motors intentionally concealed the defects and commissioned the prosecution to investigate.
The Ministry will also conduct a review of the propriety of the method of recall. If found to be appropriate, they will give orders for supplementation.
Kim Jong-sung reporting for Yonhap News TV.
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