Hyundai And Kia Ordered To Recall 240000 Cars

Brittany BishopMay 17, 2017

South Korea's transport ministry said on Friday it had ordered the recall of 240,000 vehicles made by Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors due to five safety defects flagged by a whistleblower previous year. This came after a tip off from a whistleblower.

The recall is the first compulsory recall ordered by South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for Hyundai and its affiliate Kia, after the two companies refused to act voluntarily.

Hyundai has appealed the decision saying the defects do not pose serious threats to passenger safety to require a forced recall.

"We are now reviewing the matter based on hearings held earlier on Hyundai and Kia cars".

Models affected are Hyundai's i30 hatchback, its Sonata midsize sedan, the Genesis and Kia's Mohave as well as its Carnival minivan.

Defects include issues with parking brake lights and fuel hoses.

If the government decides to force a recall, Hyundai has 30 days to submit the recall plan.

The state government said that Han-Woo Park, CEO and president, Kia Motors had conveyed that they do not establish overseas plant in the same states where the plants of Hyundai Motor Company are located.

The ex-Hyundai employee raised concern about defects which affected 12 different auto models.

The whistle-blower is a former Hyundai employee with 26 years at the company, who tipped off the government about 32 defects in the vehicles.

The move is a blow to Hyundai and Kia, which are reeling from a recall last month of 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and South Korea.

Though KIA Motors is a sister company of Hyundai Motors it operates completely independently and it has its own requirements and business needs including geographical diversification, branding differentiation and supply channels. But it has resisted voluntary recalls for some other issues, which led to the ministry's compulsory order after a hearing Friday, which is final.

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