NHTSA Investigating Hyundai/Kia Recalls For 6.3 Million Cars

Hyundai Motor Company
Hyundai Motor Company

The NHTSA has announced an investigation into eight Hyundai and eight Kia recalls issued between 2016 and 2023. The recalls cover the antilock braking system (ABS) module or Hydraulic Electronic Control Units (HECU) built by South Korean parts supplier Mando. The reason for the investigation, per the report, is “varying defect descriptions and differing remedy descriptions for the same or similar equipment supplied by Mando.”

As Automotive News reports, the probe is called an “audit query,” and is intended to evaluate Hyundai and Kia’s following of reporting requirements, timeliness in reporting, and whether the scope of these recall reports was adequate. The audit query is used by the NHTSA to ensure a company (or both, in this case) has met its legal obligations as far as each of the recalls go.

In total, the recalls affected some 6.3 million vehicles, and the outcome of the probe could add to the damage to Hyundai and Kia’s reputation. The report only names the number of vehicles affected (6,383,145), and not the make or model. However, owners do not need to do anything at this time- most have already been notified via their respective recalls.

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