Major carmakers recall nearly 457,000 vehicles in South Korea over manufacturing defects


26th June 2024 – (Seoul) Four leading domestic and foreign car manufacturers in South Korea have announced voluntary recalls for approximately 457,000 vehicles due to manufacturing defects, according to the transport ministry’s statement on Wednesday.

Hyundai Motor, one of the prominent automakers in the country, will recall 236,518 units of two different models, including the G80. The recall is prompted by a design flaw in the engine starter motor, as reported by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport.

Additionally, Hyundai will recall 37,169 units of two models, including the Maxcruz, due to poor durability in the hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU). Another 18,397 units of Hyundai’s Santa Fe hybrid version will be recalled to rectify a software error in the electronic brake system.

Kia Corp., a sister company of Hyundai, will recall 157,188 units of the Sportage model. This recall is necessitated by concerns of inadequate durability in the HECU, which could potentially pose a fire risk.

Volkswagen Group Korea has identified a software error in the information and electronic control system of 4,886 units of the ID.4 82kWh model. The company will undertake repairs to address the issue promptly.

Tesla Korea, the local arm of the renowned electric vehicle manufacturer, will be conducting corrective actions on 2,819 units of four models, including the popular Model 3. The recall is due to a defective seatbelt warning system.

Affected vehicle owners are urged to visit authorized repair and service centres, where the faulty parts will be replaced free of charge as part of the recalls.