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Company Whistleblower Behind Latest Recall of 240,000 Hyundai, Kia Vehicles

Kim Gwang-Ho, a former employee at Hyundai in South Korea, blew the whistle to the authorities and the media when it came to his attention that the company intended to cover up a defect in the motor of one of their vehicles in an effort to reduce costs. His action led to the recall of 240,000 vehicles but left him without a job and the target of legal action by Hyundai. While his job was eventually given back to him, Kim wishes he wouldn’t have said anything in the first place and resigned.

Key Takeaways:

  • He lost his job for it, but Kim Gwang-ho, a 25-year Hyundai veteran at the automaker’s Seoul, South Korea facility, knew he needed to speak out.
  • The engineer blew the whistle on his employer, reporting the automaker to both South Korean and American officials after uncovering evidence Hyundai was covering up a defect in several of its models.
  • According to the New York Times, Hyundai disputes Kim’s claim, despite being ordered by Korea’s Transport Ministry to recall nearly a quarter million Hyundai and KIA vehicles. It also forwarded its concerns about a cover-up to prosecutors.

“The engineer blew the whistle on his employer, reporting the automaker to both South Korean and American officials after uncovering evidence Hyundai was covering up a defect in several of its models. Kim even published internal documents to back up his claim.”

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/05/company-whistleblower-behind-latest-recall-240000-hyundais/