Seoul, South Korea – The head of South Korea’s second-largest automaker Kia Motors has resigned to take responsibility for mass vehicle recalls caused by defective electrical wiring, the company has said.
Chung Sung-Eun, who is also a vice chairperson of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, stepped down after Kia had to issue a global recall of 85 900 vehicles, spokesperson Michael Choo said today.
The four models involved are the Soul, Sorento and Borrego sport utility vehicles, and the Cadenza sedan.
In China a Kia Motors joint venture, Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motor Company, yesterday separately recalled 18 147 Sorento, Borrego and Soul models.
Yonhap news agency reported that Chung was sacked by group chairperson Chung Mong-Koo.