Korean Automakers Experience Less Recalls

kpride, Jan. 7, 2015, 10:33 a.m.

There were fewer recalls by Korean automakers last year, while recalls by foreign carmakers more than doubled. But overall the number of recalls fell around 37 percent.  The Korea Transportation Safety Authority said Tuesday that a total of 755,501 automobiles were recalled last year, down 27 percent compared to 2013. 

But the number of models that were recalled increased from 195 to 352. For domestically made cars, both the types and number of recalled vehicles declined, while the obverse was the case for imported cars.  Recently, Ssangyong recalled around 110,000 vehicles after the wheels of four models in its lineup either fell off or locked up.

Mercedes-Benz recalled 8,465 cars after its latest C-Class sedan showed possible malfunctions in the tail lights.  The KTSA said the rise in recalls of imported vehicles is due to a wider variety of foreign cars being sold here as well as strengthened recall standards in the U.S. and other countries. The authority said also that carmakers now often voluntarily recall vehicles to bolster their safety image. 

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