IHS Global Insight
June 13, 2017
South Koreaís government has ordered Hyundai and Kia to recall 238,321 units of 12 models over safety risks from faulty parts, the Yonhap News Agency reported. The recall covers models including the Hyundai Sonata, Genesis, Tucson and Santa Fe, and the Kia Mohave, Sorento, Sportage and Carnival. Vehicles were found to have problems with fuel vapor canisters, hub nuts connecting body frame to tires, and fuel hoses, according to the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT).
Significance: Vehicle recalls have become more frequent in recent years because of a more proactive approach from automakers, following a series of industry-wide scandals, as well as greater official vigilance. Recalled vehicles in South Korea are expected to exceed 1 million in 2017. During 2016, the MLIT recalled around 620,000 vehicles. Prior to this latest announcement, the South Korean government ordered Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche to recall nearly 2,000 vehicles over separate issues. Regarding the latest developments, the ministry has said that the recall will start from June 16 and that the issue will be fixed at no cost to customers at the Hyundai Groupís service centers throughout the country.
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