BEIJING, May 18: Hyundai is to recall 6,620 imported vehicles in China over defective engine software, according to China’s market regulator, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.
The recall, which will start on June 17, involves part of the imported Veloster vehicles manufactured between April 5, 2012, and August 28, 2014, the company said in a statement filed to the State Administration for Market Regulation.
Some vehicle engines burned ahead of normal ignition due to the defects in the design of the engine management software, which may damage engines or cause the engines to stall.
The company will upgrade the engine management software for the recalled vehicles free of charge to eliminate safety risks, it said.
A class action filed on April 29 had alleged that Hyundai Motor America Inc, Kia Motor America Inc, and an airbag maker concealed a deadly airbag defect from consumers, “putting profits ahead of safety.”
‘ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corp and the car makers became aware of a defect that prevented airbags from deploying as early as 2011 but did nothing to protect or warn consumers until 2018,’ the complaint said.
In 2018 too, Hyundai and Kia had recalled 5,81,000 and 50,7,000 vehicles, respectively.
Earlier in January both the automobile companies recalled about 1,68,000 cars over complaints of spontaneous engine fires unrelated to crashes. Even after the companies fixed the problems complaints were made that said that the defects may have been improperly repaired under a prior recall, which could result in a fuel leak, raising the risk of a fire, the automakers say.
Hyundai Motor Co CEO Wonhee Lee in February told media that it is considering cutting capacity at its factories in its biggest market.