May 12, 2017

Whistleblower sparks Hyundai and Kia recall of 240,000 cars

The South Korean government has ordered carmakers Hyundai and Kia Motors to recall about 240,000 cars, after a tip off from a whistleblower. Hyundai and Kia had refused to act voluntarily, saying any problems which did exist did not compromise safety. Kia is an affiliate of Hyundai, and officials are asking the country's prosecutor to look for any evidence of a cover up at the carmakers. The planned recalls will add to the 1.5 million cars which Hyundai and Kia offered to fix last month in South Korea and the US over possible engine stalling. Last month I met Kim Gwang-ho, the 55-year-old man behind this specific Hyundai recall.

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