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Renault Samsung Motors To Recall 94,000 Units Of SM6 Sedans Sold In Korea

By March 9, 2017 at 11:53 pm
Renault Samsung has recalled its cars most frequently in South Korea between 2011 and June 2016, according to transportation ministry data. (Photo : Getty Images)

Renault Samsung Motors Co. issued a recall of over 94,000 vehicles sold in South Korea due to a number of issues that could potentially make driving unsafe, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport on Thursday.

The recall impacts 50,110 SM6 units of midsize sedans manufactured between Oct. 5, 2015, and Oct. 24, 2016. The ministry said the plastic cover of the brake pedals and accelerator of these vehicles can break away, which could result in an accident. 

The South Korean unit of French carmaker Renault S.A. is also recalling 43,959 units of the same SM6 midsize sedan, made between Nov 26, 2015 and Nov. 11, 2016, due to various issues like defective brake lights, according to a report by Yonhap News Agency.

The brake lights may fail under certain conditions and this violates South Korea's vehicle safety regulations. Renault Samsung Motors could face a fine of as much as 611 million won because of the violation, the ministry said.

Renault Samsung has recalled its cars most frequently in South Korea between 2011 and June 2016, according to lawmaker Yoon Hoo-duk in a report by The Korea Times last September.

The opposition lawmaker cited transportation ministry data showing that Renault Samsung has recalled a total of 765,435 vehicles during the cited period. The Korean carmaker sold 436,111 cars in that period, which means it has recalled 1.8 cars for every car sold in the country. 

The transportation ministry also said on Thursday that Jaguar Land Rover Korea will be making a safety recall on around 2,100 vehicles sold in the country. 

It will be recalling 1,265 units of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque SUV because of a software problem in the transmission. A total of 922 units of Jaguar XF will also be recalled for issues related to the fuel cooling system and fuel hoses that could risk fuel leak and fire.

Meanwhile, Maserati will recall over 500 cars of four different models for defective fuel hoses that could also result in a fuel leak and fire. 

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