Prosecutors continue to investigate the defect cover-up allegations on Hyundai

Kevin Tanner, Feb. 20, 2019, 9:32 a.m.

Prosecutors raided the main office of Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. on Wednesday as part of a probe into allegations that the company tried to conceal defects in some of its vehicle lineups.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office sent its investigators to search the quality division at the headquarters of South Korea's No. 1 automaker, located in Seoul's southern Seocho district, and collect evidence related to the allegations, according to the prosecution.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and civic groups requested a probe into Hyundai and Kia in May 2017, accusing the carmakers of trying to hide parts defects in 12 models. The ministry ordered a recall on 238,000 vehicles.

Hyundai and Kia are the flagship companies of Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-biggest carmaker in terms of sales.

The automotive group did not release an official statement related to the investigation.

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