Kia and Hyundai Agree to $210 Million US Auto Safety Civil Penalty

Kia Motor and Hyundai Motor’s US units on Sunday agreed to a record $210 million civil penalty after US auto safety regulators announced they failed to recall 1.6 million vehicles for engine issues in a timely manner.

Kia Motor and Hyundai Motor’s US units on Sunday agreed to a record $210 million civil penalty after US auto safety regulators announced they failed to recall 1.6 million vehicles for engine issues in a timely manner.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the both Kian Motors and Hyundai motors agreed to consent orders after it said they had inaccurately reported some data to the agency regarding the recalls.

Kia’s civil penalty totals $70 million, including an upfront payment of $27 million, requirements to spend $16 million on specified safety measures and a $27 million deferred penalty.

Hyundai agreed to a total civil penalty of $140 million, including an upfront payment of $54 million, an obligation to spend $40 million on safety performance measures, and an additional $46 million deferred penalty in case the company doesn’t meet requirements.

 “It’s critical that manufacturers appropriately recognize the urgency of their safety recall responsibilities and provide timely and candid information to the agency about all safety issues,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Deputy Administrator James Owens said.


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