Product recalls in S. Korea edge up in 2016

SEJONG-- The number of products recalled for defects rose slightly last year on a rise in problems found in vehicles and cosmetics, government data showed Thursday.

A total of 1,603 recall cases were reported in 2016, up 1.07 percent from 1,586 tallied in 2015, according to the data compiled by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC).

It marked a turnaround from a 9.5 percent fall in 2015 from a record 1,752 recalled cases in the previous year.

Recalls of cars rose 19.2 percent on-year to 242 in 2016 from 203 in the previous year, while numbers for beauty products withdrawn from the market hit 138 vis-a-vis 35 cases in 2015.

The FTC said the government is reviewing guidelines and rules on product recalls to more effectively get recalled goods out of the market and help customers have easier access to information about such goods.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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