A total of 663,829 Hyundai, Kia and Toyota cars will be recalled, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said on Wednesday. Hyundai and its affiliate Kia will recall 662,519 cars due to faulty brake light switches.
The recall affects 15 models, including, for Hyundai, 185,178 Sonantas manufactured between October 2008 and January 2011, 69,253 Tucsons produced from September 2009 to November 2010, 50,270 units of its Genesis made between March 2009 and November 2010, 38,174 Avantes made from July 2010 to January 2011, and 26,148 Grandeurs produced from January 2009 to November 2010.
For Kia, the recall will cover 63,096 K5s made from May 2010 to April 2011, 61,870 Fortes manufactured from August 2008 to September 2010, and 49,711 Sportages produced from January 2010 to June 2011.
The recall also applies to vehicles exported overseas.
Car owners can get free repairs at Hyundai and Kia service centers from Oct. 1.
Meanwhile, 1,310 Lexus GS350s, imported and sold here by Toyota Korea, are also being recalled due to a defective variable-valve-timing system. Owners can also get free repairs at the automaker's service centers from next Thursday.