Renault Samsung will recall 160,000 SM5s in Korea due to a critical engine defect that can cause the vehicles to suddenly stall while being driven, the carmaker said on Monday.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said it ordered the recall because the defect could lead to major traffic accidents. The speed at which the engine turns could also become unstable due to the poor contact between certain cables.
The recall affects both SM5 gasoline and LPLi models and covers a total of 161,700 units manufactured between Oct. 28, 2009 and May 2, 2013.
Owners can get their cars repaired for free at Renault Samsung service centers or partner repair shops from Monday. For more information call the company’s customer service center at 080-300-3003.
Those who have already footed the bill themselves prior to the recall will be fully compensated, the automaker said.