Hyundai, Kia in major car recall

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First Published: 23:15 IST(4/4/2013)
Last Updated: 23:17 IST(4/4/2013)
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South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors planned to recall over 2 million vehicles in South Korea and the US for stop-lamp defects, the company said Thursday.

Hyundai will recall around 110,000 vehicles sold in South Korea, including the Avantes made between July 2009 and March 2010 as well as Santa Fes produced from June 2010 to June 2011.

Ahead of the exercise, Hyundai and Kia said they will recall 1.87 million US vehicles.

Hyundai will recall about 1.1 million vehicles in the US due to the electronic defects that can prevent brake lights from illuminating and the cruise control from turning off. Kia will recall over 600,000 cars for the same.

The largest recall in Hyundai-Kia’s history came around five months after the world’s No. 5 automaker suffered the fuel efficiency scandal. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) charged Hyundai and Kia with overstating fuel mileage of around 900,000 vehicles sold in the US during the 2011-13 model years.


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