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Renault Samsung Faces Massive Recalls Of SM6 Units

By March 15, 2017 at 1:37 am
Renault Samsung has massive recalls of SM6 sedan units (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Renault Samsung Motors Co. has ordered massive recalls of its SM6 midsize sedan units. The recall was caused by issues including loose plastic covers on pedals, which may cause unsafe driving.

Last week, the transportation ministry said that the plastic cover of the accelerator and brake pedals in some SM6 units can break away. This has the potential to result in an accident while driving.

The recall has affected 50,110 SM6 cars, which were produced between Oct. 5, 2015, and Oct. 24, 2016. The company also recalled an additional 43,959 units produced between Nov. 26, 2015, and Nov. 11, 2016, for issues on the vehicle's body control module which included defective brake lights, among others.

The transportation ministry has said that the brake lights may fail under specific situations. This violates the country's vehicle safety regulations. Renault Samsung Motors will be paying a fine of up to 611 million won, or about 533,000 USD.

Apparently, the possible errors in the SM6 units' BCM cause its brake lamps to malfunction. This happens after the driver steps on the brake pedal for over five minutes.

The SM6 sedans were also discovered to have another defect in its child safety device. 15,938 vehicles produced between May 19 and Aug. 8 last year were found to have had a defect in the child safety lock in the rear seats.

This is another major issue since a child safety lock prevents children from opening the door when the car is in motion. It may lead to fatal accidents if the lock is faulty.

Moreover, the SM6 units of Renault Samsung also had an issue with its gasoline engine model. Units produced between Jan. 21 and Mar. 19 last year were said to have had a faulty water pump pulley.

Affected owners can get free repairs at Renault Samsung service centers in the country beginning Mar. 17.

Meanwhile, Tesla Korea has announced that it will be building its own charging stations. This is part of the company's preparation for the release of its Model S 90D by June.

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