Volkswagen and six other auto importers in Korea to recall 12,000 vehicles

2019.12.02 14:06:48

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Audi Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Porsche and four other companies in South Korea issued a recall of 12,053 imported vehicles from 16 models due to manufacturing defects.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Monday the recall was announced by seven auto importers including Audi Volkswagen Korea, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Korea, Porsche Korea, Scania Korea, Bike Korea, Hanbul Motors and Moto Rossa.

Volkswagen found that 8,455 vehicles from four of its models, including the Tiguan 2.0 TDI BMT, had a faulty airbag that would not open during accidents or open unintentionally while driving. Porsche Korea said a similar defect was found in 442 units from four of its imported models including the Panamera.

FCA Korea discovered a software defect in the engine control system of 1,859 units of its Jeep Cherokee that caused the engine to shut down when shifting from fifth to fourth gear.

Hanbul Motors reported a defect in the support fixture of spare tires in 834 vehicles including the Peugeot 5008 1.5 BlueHDi.

At Scania Korea, 196 vehicles including the Cargo truck had a software glitch that would loosen the brakes when the parking brake switch was applied with excessive force, which could lead to accidents when parking the vehicle on a slope.

Bike Korea found a defect in the engine oil control valve of its 252 Kymco AK550i scooters that could result in engine malfunctions.

Moto Rossa said it was recalling 15 of its Ducati motorcycles, including the Ducati HYP950 SP, due to faulty battery case design that would cause the battery cable to disconnect while driving and make the engine go off.

The vehicle owners would receive notices about the recall from manufacturers by either mail or mobile. Drivers that have made the recall-related fixes out of their own pocket can apply for compensation.

By Kim Hyo-jin

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