Whistleblower sparks recall order

The BBC reports that the South Korean government has ordered Hyundai and Kia Motors to recall some 240,000 vehicles, after a tip off from a whistleblower.

The whistleblower, an ex-Hyundai employee, raised concerns about defects which affected 12 different car models including Hyundai’s i30, Sonata, Genesis and Kia’s Mohave as well as its Carnival. The vehicles are reported to have issues with vacuum pipes, fuel hoses, parking brake lights amongst others.

It is the first time the country’s transport ministry has issued a compulsory vehicle recall.

Kia is an affiliate of Hyundai, and officials are asking the country’s prosecutor to look for any evidence of a cover up at the carmakers.