South Korea orders Hyundai-Kia to recall 240000 vehicles

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On May 12, the Ministry ordered the companies to make corrections while also asking Prosecutors to investigate allegations that the companies covered up defects - allegations that the Ministry believes are plausible. It is a blow to Hyundai, which is already reeling from a record-low market share in its home market.

Hyundai Motor said it accepted and respected the recall, but that there had been no "reported injuries or accidents from the cited issues".

The subjected models include Hyundai's Avante compact, i30 hatchback, Sonata midsize sedan and Sante Fe crossover, the luxury Genesis G80 and EQ900 sedans and Kia's Mohave, Sorento SUVs and the Carnival minivan.

The transport ministry asked the automakers to recall the faulty vehicles over eight of the 32 issues identified while offering free repairs on nine of the faults.

In response to the recall order, Hyundai and Kia said in a joint statement that they accept the decision and will take all necessary steps to fix or replace the faulty parts in the affected models as early as possible.

Hyundai and Kia have now accepted the government's recall order. It was the first time a local carmaker denied a government request for recall. The companies objected that these five defects did not interfere with driving safety, but the Ministry concluded after hearing their arguments that issuing a recall was the appropriate course of action.

Hyundai Motor India now has two manufacturing facilities at Irungattukottai, SIPCOT Industrial Park, producing several models across segments.

The ministry launched an investigation into 32 alleged defects in Hyundai and Kia cars after a Hyundai manager on its quality control team flagged them past year. The regulators in April ordered the recall of total 250,000 vehicles to address five defects that could affect safety.

"We will continue to do our best to review all cases from the perspective of customers to enhance trust and satisfaction", Hyundai Motor said. "We have not received any voluntary recall plan from the automaker", the official said.

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