Hyundai, Kia recall 1.4M vehicles because engines can fail

08 April, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
  • The logo of Hyundai Motor is seen during the 2017 Seoul Motor Show in Goyang South Korea

According to The Associated Press, almost 1.2 million cars and SUVs are being recalled due to a defect that can cause engines in the vehicles to stall and fail.

The recall could cost the two companies hundreds of millions of dollar each.

Kia recalls 618,000 Optima, Sorento and Sportage vehicles to replace the engine assemblies.

At the time, the automaker said the recall in the US derived from the manufacturing process at its Alabama assembly line so it had nothing to do with vehicles sold in Korea. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is equipped with both engines.

A total of 112,670 units of the Grandeur along with 6,092 Sonatas, 34,153 K7s, 13,032 K5s, 5,401 Sportages are subject to the recall, marking the third-biggest recall in the past five years.

The affected engines were all produced before August 2013, according to Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, with the risk of stalling linked to metal debris in crankshafts, left over from the manufacturing process.

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Hyundai Motor shares fell 1.4 percent in morning trade, heading for its sixth consecutive days of declines, compared to a broader market that was down 0.4 percent. The recall in the country will begin May 22.

But Hyundai and Kia has said that engines produced at domestic factories were not defective.

The owners of the five models with the faulty engines are required to visit the companies' fix and service centers, according to the South Korean news agency.

A Hyundai spokeswoman said the latest recall involves a different engine problem.

The news comes during a hard period for the Kia and Hyundai brands.

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