Renault Samsung to recall over 94,000 cars in S. Korea

Renault Samsung Motors Co. is recalling more than 94,000 units of its SM6 midsize sedan sold in South Korea for a range of issues, including loose plastic covers on pedals that could cause unsafe driving, the transportation ministry said Thursday.

According to the ministry, the plastic cover of the accelerator and brake pedals in certain SM6s can break away, possibly leading to an accident.

The recall affects 50,110 SM6 cars produced between Oct. 5, 2015, and Oct. 24, 2016, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said in a press release.

The South Korean unit of French automaker Renault S.A. is also recalling an additional 43,959 units of the midsize sedan, produced between Nov, 26, 2015, and Nov. 11, 2016, for various problems that include defective brake lights.

The ministry said the brake lights may fail under certain conditions. Such a failure is also in violation of the country’s vehicle safety regulations, for which the South Korea-based carmaker will be imposed a fine of up to 611 million won ($533,000), it added.

Meanwhile, the ministry said Jaguar Land Rover Korea, the local importer of the two luxury brands, will make a safety recall on some 2,100 cars sold here.

A software problem in the transmission of 1,265 units of the Range Rover Evoque SUV and the Land Rover Discovery Sport could cause the gear to shift to the neutral position, causing the car to lose power while driving and possibly leading to an accident, the ministry said.

The company will also be recalling 922 Jaguar XF cars, produced between May 1, 2013, and June 30, 2015, for problems related to fuel hoses and the fuel cooling system that could lead to a fuel leak and fire.

More than 500 Maserati cars of four different models will be recalled for defective fuel hoses that too may lead to a fuel leak and fire.

The Maserati cars, imported and distributed by FMK Korea, were produced between Aug. 22, 2013, and Jan. 5, 2015. The four vehicle models subject to the recall are the Maserati Ghibli 350, the Ghibli S Q4, the Maserati Quattroporte GTS and Quattroporte S Q4. (Yonhap)

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