Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Mitsubishi to recall more than 12,000 vehicles
Published : Jun 27, 2018 - 09:49
Updated : Jun 27, 2018 - 09:49
German carmaker Mercedes-Benz and Japan's Nissan and Mitsubishi will voluntarily recall 12,102 vehicles to fix faulty parts, the transport ministry said Wednesday.

Mercedes-Benz's recall -- set to begin Friday -- affects 8,929 units of 25 models produced between November 2011 and December 2016 that have airbag defects, including C 220 CDI. Also included are 30 units of GLS 250d 4MATIC manufactured between March and April in 2017, which were found with defects in components linking oil cooler pipes, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Another 2,598 units of Nissan's Altima 2.5 -- produced between July 12 and December 2013 -- found with defects in parts of the torque converter, which could cause the cars to stall while driving, are also subject to the recall, it said. 

The ministry said 545 units of Mitsubishi's Outlander crossover produced between September and October 2008 and Lancer, manufactured between November 2008 and October 2009, will be recalled for faulty sunroofs starting Monday.

People who had the defects in their cars fixed on their own before recalls were issued are eligible for compensation from the automakers.

The ministry advised owners of vehicles to visit the recall center at to get information on the recalls.

Meanwhile, the ministry said it urged South Korea's top automaker, Hyundai Motor Co., and its sister affiliate Kia Motors Corp. to provide free repairs of three of their models -- Sorento, Sportage and Tucson -- that emit white powder from vents.

The South Korean carmakers said they will begin contacting owners of some 390,000 units of the problematic models for free inspection and repair services starting July 27, according to the ministry. (Yonhap)