October 26, 2016 10:23
Kia has been ordered to halt sales of its Mohave SUV after failures in the on-board diagnostics (OBD) equipment.
The automaker must recall 4,045 Mohaves sold in Korea since June of this year and pay a W2.7 billion fine, the Environment Ministry said Tuesday (US$1=W1,135).
Kim Jung-soo of the National Institute of Environmental Research said, "If the OBD doesn't work properly, a driver can't determine when their car should be inspected, and that could lead to engine failure while driving."
The ministry said it fined Kia because it sold thousands of Mohaves with faulty OBDs.
Kia is the first carmaker to be fined under tougher rules that went into effect in July following the Volkswagen's emissions scandal.
The maximum fine has risen from W1 billion to W10 billion.
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