Whistleblower sparks Hyundai and Kia recall of 240,000 cars
The South Korean government has ordered carmakers Hyundai and Kia Motors to recall about 240,000 cars, after a tip off from a whistleblower.
The ex-Hyundai employee raised concern about defects which affected 12 different car models.
It is the first time the country's government has issued a compulsory vehicle recall.
Hyundai and Kia had refused to act voluntarily, saying any problems which did exist did not compromise safety.
Kia is an affiliate of Hyundai, and officials are asking the country's prosecutor to look for any evidence of a cover up at the carmakers.
The models affected include Hyundai's i30 hatchback, its Sonata midsize sedan, the luxury Genesis and Kia's Mohave as well as its Carnival minivan. These models and others were found to have issues with vacuum pipes, fuel hoses, parking brake light issues and several other faulty parts.
The planned recalls will add to the 1.5 million cars which Hyundai and Kia offered to fix last month in South Korea and the US over possible engine stalling.