Import carmakers ordered to recall nearly 13,000 vehicles

SEOUL-- Five foreign carmakers and an importer of two wheelers will recall nearly 13,000 vehicles in South Korea due to faulty components, the transport ministry said Thursday.

This is the latest in a series of recall orders issued by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to both domestic and foreign companies.

The six companies -- Audi AG, Ford Motor Co., BMW AG, Peugeot, Volvo and Yamaha -- plan to recall 25 different models totaling 12,779 vehicles and motor bikes, the ministry said in a statement.

The models include Audi's A4 2.0 TDI sedan, Ford's Explorer SUV, BMW's five-door 118d compact hatchback, Peugeot's 3008 1.6 Blue-HDi SUV and Volvo's V40 luxury hatchback, it said.

The problems include faulty heaters in the A4 2.0 TDI, a defective electric seat in the Ford Explorer and a flawed hood in the Peugeot 3008 1.6 Blue-HDi, the statement said.

Starting Friday, vehicle owners can visit designated repair and service centers to have the parts replaced free of charge, it said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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