35 auto models, total of 42,320, being recalled

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35 auto models, total of 42,320, being recalled

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced Thursday recall plans for a total of 35 car models made or sold by six companies, including Kia Motors, GM Korea, Honda Korea and BMW Korea.

The total number of cars subject to recall is 42,320.

Kia Motors will recall 13,435 of its K5 sedan manufactured between Jan. 2018 and May 2019 due to an error in the collision prevention software. While the software is supposed to assist braking in emergency situations ? when the car is likely to hit a car in front ? there were cases when the model failed to do so, according to the ministry.

GM Korea will recall 781 of its all-new Malibu 2.0 turbo sedans produced between Mar. 2018 and July this year. The ministry said the drive shafts of the cars have been made less durable than they should due to errors made during the manufacturing process. If the drive shaft is broken, it could become impossible for drivers to accelerate or drive at all.

The carmaker has been offering maintenance on the problematic component for free at its service centers since July 26, the ministry said.

Honda Korea will recall 213 CR-V compact sport utility vehicles (SUV) produced between March last year and April this year for problems found with the steering wheel. The problem has led to the malfunction of airbags, according to the ministry. While the carmaker has already been ordered to recall 756 cars for the same reason, 213 cars were found to be in need of additional maintenance. The recall service will be offered at Honda Korea service centers for free from Aug. 7.

BMW Korea will recall a total 27,482 units of four of its models, including the BMW 502d. The ministry said the rear wheel track, the distance between the tires on the opposite sides of the car, was too wide to meet local safety standards. The ministry said it could fine the automaker depending on how it processes the recall as the design violates Korea’s car safety standards.

The Korean subsidiary of the German automaker will also buy back 22 cars from customers. About 20 different car models that were introduced at motor shows were sold to customers, though those cars were supposed to be returned to Germany after the event. Options added on those cars did not meet domestic guidelines as they were just for show at events.

A spokesperson from BMW Korea said it will return cars to the headquarters after repurchasing the vehicles.

Other automakers subject to this round of recalls announced by the ministry include Hanbul Motors, which imports Peugeots, and Moto Rossa, which imports Ducatis.

BY KIM JEE-HEE [kim.jeehee@joongang.co.kr]
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