A total of 126 models from leading managers such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Hyundai are featured in the recall. The South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has said a total of 549,931 units would be recalled across the firms – with some brands confirming UK cars will be affected.
However, Mercedes Benz have confirmed the issues will affect a series of models in the UK as a precautionary measure.
A total of 11,480 Mercedes-Benz models across 36 model ranges including the E280 are set to be affected in Korea.
These models were found to have defects in their sunroof glass which could become a major safety risk.
Glass panels could become detached from the roof which would be a risk to motorists and other road users.
Mercedes have confirmed this recall will be extended to four UK models where there are concerns the panel could fall away from the vehicle.
In a statement to Express.co.uk, Mercdes Benz said: “Mercedes-Benz AG has determined that on certain C-Class (203 platform), CLK-Class (209 platform), E-Class (211 platform) and CLS-Class (219 platform) vehicles with sliding roof.
“The bonding between the glass panel and the sliding roof frame might not meet specifications.
In this case, the adhesion of this bonding might deteriorate gradually over time. Therefore, the specified durability requirements of the bonding cannot be ensured.
“In consequence, a separation of the glass panel from the vehicle cannot be excluded.”
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Hyundai is most affected with almost 300,000 venciles set to be recalled in Korea including popular models such as the Santa Fe.
Models were found to have foreign substances like oil and moisture inside their braking modules, according to The Korea Herald.
A total of 241,921 BMW vehicles across 78 model ranges have also been recalled by the Korean government in safety fears.
Cracks were found inside the cars including inside their exhaust gas coolers which has led to the recall.
Another 50 BMW’s were found to have poor protection for passengers with the airbags either deployed too forcefully or struggling to unfold at all.
The Korea Herald has confirmed the popular 520d model is included in the recall in a shocking blow to dealers.
In a statement, a Kia spokesperson said: “I can categorically state that as of today we have received no notification from headquarters instructing us to undertake a recall of any vehicles in the UK.
“We no longer sell Sedona (Grand Crnival in Korea) and in fact the Grand Carnival is a model we have not sold since its update several years back.
“Additionally, more than half of all the vehicles we sell in the UK come from our Slovakian production plant – Sportage and Ceed family.
“Should this situation change we always publish details of safety recalls after consultation with the DVSA and I will certainly notify you.”
The Korean Ministry says it will alert all affected owners through email and text messages.
Express.co.uk have contacted all manufacturers to see whether any vehicle issues will affect UK owners.
Published at Tue, 26 May 2020 11:51:00 +0000