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What is a motor vehicle safety-related defect?

motor vehicle safety-related defects refer to the cases where the motor vehicle does not comply with the safety standards or hinders safe motor vehicle operation caused by motor vehicle defects.

Since motor vehicle defects are directly related to the level of motor vehicle safety, matters which have minor influence upon the level of motor vehicle safety are excluded from being subject to rectification of safety-related defects(RECALL).

  • Faulty quality of devices to offer passenger convenience(air-conditioner, audio)
  • Wear-out of shock absorbers, batteries, brake pads, etc., which require periodic check-up, maintenance and replacement
  • Incidence of simple rust on the chassis panel
  • State of section on which the paint is applied or scratches on chassis ornaments, etc.

Rectification of motor vehicle safety-related defects(Recall)

① It is stipulated that the manufacturers, etc. should without delay release the recall [fact] and take correctional measures in line with the rules and regulations stipulated in the ordinance from the Ministry of Land and Transport, in the event that the motor vehicle manufactured or the like has any motor vehicle defects.
② The Minister of Land and Transport may issue an order of rectification of safety-related defects, in the even that the motor vehicle manufacturer, assembler or importer does not release the presence of defects or assume correctional measures for the defects and, in order to confirm the presence of defects in the motor vehicle that was manufactured, etc., if necessary, may have the performance testing agent conduct an investigation regarding this matter(investigation of safety-related defects) and, according to Item N°3, Article N°31, KATRI(Korea automobile Testing & Research Institute) of Korea Transportation Safety Authority, who acts as the performance testing agent, is currently conducting the actual investigation.

Voluntary recall and mandatory recall

Recalls are divided into voluntary and mandatory recalls. Rather than mandatory recalls imposed by governments, voluntary recalls which the manufacturer conducts of one’s own accord occupy most of the recalls. Surely, with reference to voluntary recall, in the event that the government carries out the investigation of safety-related defects, the case of the manufacturer’s voluntary implementation of the recall affected by this is included.
Even if we look into the case of the U.S.A. where this motor vehicle recall system is in full play, 75% out of the total recalls account are conducted voluntarily by the manufacturers and, other than these, manufacturers’ voluntary recall is generalized to the point that the recalls are performed being influenced by government investigations.

Product liability(PL)

The PL(product liability) System is a remunerative system for the damages in which the manufacturer(the person whose line of trade is engaged in manufacturing, processing or importing products) is held liable for the damages inflicted upon those sustaining damages in terms of life, physical body or property owing to the product defects.
The Recall and PL systems share common grounds in terms of protecting the damages, rights & interest related to safety. However, whereas the Consumer Damage Compensation System and the PL system are systems in terms of post-compensation which the manufacturer conducts direct compensation for the consumer damages already taken place, the motor vehicle recall system is a system that protects the consumer more aggressively on an a priori-preventive level which prevents beforehand the damages inflicted upon the consumers as the manufacturer voluntarily or mandatorily pushed by the government assumes appropriate measures to rectify the defective products.

Annual recall status

year recall status
year domestic car Imported cars Total
Vehicle Type Number Of Vehicle Vehicle Type Number Of Vehicle Vehicle Type Number Of Vehicle
2022 * 51 1,450,763 480 262,251 531 1,713,014
2021 59 1,563,360 1,941 1,091,755 2,000 2,655,115
2020 123 1,563,683 994 648,042 1,117 2,211,725
2019 84 1,392,814 1,030 616,296 1,114 2,009,110
2018 64 2,024,009 1,064 618,988 1,128 2,642,997
2017 65 1,673,732 767 301,940 832 1,975,672
2016 55 404,258 522 220,540 577 624,798
2015 32 785,045 470 247,861 502 1,032,906
2014 32 733,175 402 136,633 434 869,808
2013 34 981,298 161 55,853 195 1,037,151
2012 51 165,919 139 40,318 190 206,237
2011 15 223,353 181 45,305 196 268,658
2010 18 226,452 120 44,457 138 270,909
2009 25 146,148 49 12,687 74 158,835
2008 94 97,878 55 8,139 149 106,017
2007 7 41,751 66 14,561 73 56,312
2006 23 133,907 54 9,295 77 143,202
2005 45 843,863 70 11,589 115 855,452
2004 40 1,357,056 100 12,952 140 1,370,008
2003 32 641,415 27 3,322 59 644,737
total 1,898 32,899,758 17,384 8,805,568 19,282 41,705,326

* Calculating recall status for 2022

Vehicle type recall status by year

Vehicle recalls by year