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Kia, GM, Mercedes Benz to recall over 210,000 cars in South Korea

Four car manufacturers will voluntarily recall more than 210,000 vehicles in South Korea to repair faulty parts, Yonhap News Agency reported June 14, citing a statement from the country's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Kia Motors Corp., General Motors Co.'s GM Korea Co. and Daimler AG-owned Mercedes-Benz Korea Ltd. and Daimler Trucks Korea Ltd. will recall a total of 213,322 units, the report said.

The recall affects 11 vehicle models including Kia's Grand Carnival minivan, which has a malfunctioning air conditioner drainage system, and Mercedes-Benz's E 220d Coupe, which has faulty seatbacks.

Vehicle owners affected in the recall can visit designated repair and service centers to have the parts replaced for free starting June 15, the report said.

The latest set of recalls is part of initiatives by carmakers and importers to ensure that vehicles meet safety rules, Yonhap said.

The report comes less than a week after Kia issued a recall of about 507,587 vehicles in the U.S. over faulty airbags that fail to deploy in the event of a crash.