South Korean government’s first ever compulsory vehicle recall includes Hyundai Sonata, i30, Genesis models, Kia Mohave and Kia Carnival
Around 2.4 lakh cars comprising various Hyundai and Kia models have been recalled by South Korean government in its first ever compulsory vehicle recall program. A total of 12 different models have been recalled by the Korean government as these cars are allegedly affected by problems with vacuum pipes to parking brake lights, fuel hoses and more.
The affected cars include models like Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai i30, Genesis models, Kia Mohave and Kia Carnival. Interestingly, the recall has been issued after a former automotive engineer in Hyundai, Mr. Kim Gwang-ho raised concerns about the defects in these models. Both Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia didn’t accept the allegation and they claimed that defects don’t affect the safety.
When both the Korean auto majors refused to issue a voluntary recall of the defective cars, the government stepped in. Interestingly, both Hyundai and Kia issued a recall for around 1.3 million vehicles in US few months back. It is assumed that these two brands initiated the recall in US due to the stricter safety norms there, but they didn’t follow the same for their home market.
Hyundai is one of the most successful companies from South Korea and it is also the icon of the country’s industrial efficiency. As Kim Gwang-ho became the whistle blower, he was fired by Hyundai after he brought the matter under light. The veteran automotive engineer sent a batch of internal documents of the automaker to the officials in South Korea and United States to back his allegation that both Hyundai and Kia are selling defective vehicles.
Speaking about Indian market, Kia has signed MoU with Andhra Pradesh government to set up its first plant in the country. The company is also preparing to make its Auto Expo debut next year, where it plans to showcase around 3-4 cars. At the 2018 New Delhi Auto Expo, the automaker is expected to display a compact SUV, a compact sedan and a premium car as well.
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