South Korea has ordered Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors to recall 240,000 vehicles over safety defects. These defects were reported by a whistleblower from Hyundai Motors. So far, it has been revealed that there were 5 different flaws in 12 models. However, Hyundai and Kia have stated that the problems pose no danger to driving safety.
The whistleblower, named Kim Gwang-Ho, had reported 32 problems to the local regulators. But so far, the recalls only cover 5 of these problems. Meanwhile, last year, Kim was in the United States to report some safety lapses, which resulted in the recall of over 1.5 million vehicles in North America and South Korea.
Samsung Securities auto analyst Eim Eun-young had this to say:
“What the whistleblower said turned out to be true. This is negative for Hyundai’s brand image after the hit from the recall over engine issues last month. But then, its reputation is already seen at the rock bottom in South Korea, so I’m not sure whether there is room for a further fall.”