SEOUL – Kia Motors Corp. has come under harsh criticism from a powerful Korean government watchdog agency for failing to notify customers of a serious engine defect in LPG (liquid propane gas)-powered Optima sedans. Korea’s Ministry of Construction and Transportation has ordered Kia, a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd., to immediately recall LPG-engine equipped models to replace faulty electric fan motor bearings that can erupt into flame. The forced recall involves 14,044 cars ...

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