South Korean carmakers including Kia and Hyundai to voluntarily recall 69,000 vehicles for manufacturing defects

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7th March 2024 – (Seoul) Four domestic and foreign car manufacturers in South Korea have announced voluntary recalls for approximately 69,000 vehicles due to manufacturing defects, according to the transport ministry on Thursday.

Hyundai Motor, one of the leading automakers in South Korea, will recall 22,803 vehicles of three different models. This includes the EQ900, which will be recalled due to poor durability in engine oil supply pipes. Additionally, 13,457 units of the Porter II model will be recalled to address a poor bolt design in the engine drive belt tensioner, as reported by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport.

Kia Corp., another prominent automaker in the country, will recall 11,569 units of two models. The recall is necessary to rectify a lack of durability in engine oil supply pipes in the K9 model, and to address a defective bolt design in the engine drive belt tensioner in the Bongo III model.

BMW Korea, the South Korean subsidiary of the German luxury car manufacturer, will recall 12,607 units of 34 different models. The recall is aimed at repairing manufacturing defects in the integrated braking system, with specific attention given to models such as the BMW X7 xDrive40i.

Stellantis Korea, part of the multinational automotive corporation, will address a software error in the coolant heater of 955 units of two models, including the Jeep Wrangler PHEV.