Hyundai released a statement Monday announcing that its research and development president, Kwon Moon-sik, and two other executives resigned from their positions, Reuters reports, to "take responsibility for a series of quality issues," according to the statement.

The resignations seem to be related to recent recalls around the globe. A few weeks back, Hyundai recalled 27,500 Genesis sedans from model years 2009 to 2012 in the US for brake fluid that doesn't prevent corrosion of the electronic hydraulic control unit. The recall recently was expanded to include 43,500 Genesis sedans in the US, but nearly 150,000 are reportedly affected including the South Korean market.

"The latest personnel change shows our firm commitment to quality management and reaffirms our will to continuously improve R&D competitiveness," says Hyundai.

Hyundai has not announced a replacement for Moon-sik, who was brought in to head the R&D department just over a year ago, before Hyundai and Kia admitted to overstating the fuel economy of over 1 million vehicles in North America. The two other executives who resigned were in charge of engineering and electronics technology and have been replaced, though the names of the replacements were not given.


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      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, it sounds like the brake fluid issue could end up costing them a bundle if they end up replacing a lot of things like ABS controllers, not to mention the liability if it causes brake failures.
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        While the recovery costs while definitely be high, I wonder if another factor is Hyundai trying to prevent any association with low/poor quality issues. Consider how hard they've been pushing to get rid of the brand's quality stigma they had 10 years ago. IMO, recalls, especially major ones like this that involve a safety feature, will hit Hyundai's reputation harder than other brands such as say Honda or Lexus because people can still bring up a time when Hyundai's were built poorly. Personally I feel this, more than anything else, is the reasoning for such swift, public action by the company. I couldn't see brands like Nissan or Ford doing the same thing if it were to happen to them, or if they did, they'd keep it an internal thing and not announce it like Hyundai did.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          yes they did, nissan CEO state it tht they are a numerous recall, and quality issue, that cost the company and one day later collin dodge was remove and replace with munoz.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          So you think typical Hyundai buyer will even know that Hyundai fired two executives? Are you serious? I own a Sonata and i will forget this story in about 20 minutes. All the did was fire people who did not do their job up to par, and you are 100% right, Ford would never fire anyone who made similar mistakes and the end result is MFT and complete inability to fix it.
          jonnybimmer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          @Seal Rchin It's not if customers find out about the story or if they remember it that is important. What is important is Hyundai having an action on public record that they can refer to if they're ever questioned about their operations. If someone from the media/consumer reports asks a Hyundai rep "Hyundai quality seems to be dropping, what's up?" the rep can point out that the company has responded swiftly and accordingly with full transparency. It's one thing for a company to say "The people who made the mess are now trying to fix it", but it's another to say "The people who allowed the mess to happen were immediately and forcibly removed from their positions. We have new more capable people now in charge to improve things". Imagine if Congress ran that way...
      adam1keith1980
      • 1 Year Ago
      If an executive resigns everytime an American car company have a quality issue, there would be no leaders. At least in Asia, people still take responsibility for their failures.
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        E85 450HP Forester
        • 1 Year Ago
        Agree to a degree, Chinese and Koreans are. Japanese not so. Disclaimer, I have worked with all three for over 15 years.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Awhattup
        • 1 Year Ago
        Are you that retarded?
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        Don't feed the troll.
        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yeah moron two very different countries. I was afraid there were many ignorant aholes like you that couldn't distinguish between North and South Korea. Let me break it down for you: North Korea - Enemy to South Korea, Japan, USA and every other rational nation on earth, starves its own people when not killing them outright. Has no domestic auto industry. South Korea - One of America's closest allies, enemy to North Korea, a free democracy and arguably the current technological leader in the world. This is where Hyundai and Kia are based.
          Cheetahjab
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin
          After Pearl Harbor? Are you part of the flat earth society too, how ignorant are you? Then again this is the us educational system we're talking about . South Korea and Pearl Harbor. Really???
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          @Justin
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          @Justin
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        Sanchez
        • 1 Year Ago
        Epic Fail
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        north korea did it dude, not south korea they are two enemies, hyundai is made by the south.
      SooooRight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hyundai, KIA, VW, the holy trinity of crap cars.
        askroon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SooooRight
        Haha, what? Are you kidding?
        stickshiftn69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SooooRight
        hyundai/kia and VW are not even in the same hemisphere, are you retarded ?, you have no idea wtf your talking about anyway
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be nice if US government employees were treated thus...
      Titansfan1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      The cars look good but i do question it's durability. The car can get about 6 months old and start making noise like a 80's oldsmobile.
        askroon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Titansfan1967
        I've had my Veloster for 18 months and no rattles or noises yet. It's always had a bit of wind noise off the front of the glass roof when driving over 75, but I've had the same problem in other cars with a sunroof. I've had my Hyundai Accent from new since 2001 and it runs like new.. No noises except for a click on the left shock absorber because it was installed incorrectly after the dealership wrecked the suspension by leaving it on the rack overnight. So yeah.. No clue what you're talking about
          David MacGillis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @askroon
          Wrecked the suspension by leaving it on the rack overnight? You know, that's not a common problem and it shouldn't hurt it to leave it on the rack.. Unless it was a POS.
          dovegraybird
          • 1 Year Ago
          @askroon
          askroon, Glad you have had a good experience with Hyundai, I havent. I too bought a 2001 Hyundai Accent, and for 50k miles it was flawless. Then it started stalling, frequently. To the point in a typical commute to work I had to restart it 3 to 4 times in stop and go traffic. After 6 times in the shop with no answer, I took a chance on a 2005 Elantra. Many moons, a few decades, and another wife ago, I was on of the unfortunate saps that bought a 1980 Chevy Citation. That Citation was in the shop LESS than the Elantra. If you know your automotive history, you know how bad that is! At 25k the car simply fell apart. Door handles coming off in your hands, rattle's all over, electrical nightmares, suspension problem's.... So yeah....I have a clue what Titan is talking about.
        futuramautoblog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Titansfan1967
        Are you from 1985?
      Todd Fleming
      • 1 Year Ago
      the title says it all, Common sense would tell you you don't get a Mercedes at Kia prices, but atlas people will still buy one, and good luck with that and don't feel bad when the average motorist doesn't stop for you when it's broken down, heck I might even aim for the puddle.
        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Todd Fleming
        As if Mercedes has a reputation for reliability? Or BMW? Or Audi?
        frostillicus80
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Todd Fleming
        You would actively seek to make the situation for a stranded motorist even worse, soley based on the car they drive? You are a real credit to the species, fella... Makin your parents real proud on a daily basis, I am sure.
        BB79826
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Todd Fleming
        Todd Fleming, I think we're more likely to see you stranded on the side of the road in your...pimped out Chevy Cobalt? I'm just guessing here. Lastly, when's the last time you saw a Hyundai on the side of the road?
      Go2Fast
      • 1 Year Ago
      nothing like firing the guy that wasn't in charge when the problem was started!
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Blame game and use them as scapegoats make them walk the plank, but nothing will change.
        Chris O.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        I think that characterization is premature. After all, the people that resigned are the ones that accept the responsibility for the recent woes. That doesn't make them scapegoats... that makes them accountable. Too often today, there isn't much of a correlation between poor workplace performance and corrective action or discipline. Saying that nothing will change accepts as a fact that the quality of work product has nothing to do with being held accountable for its quality. I think that's a bad assumption.
      AERO
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Hyundai made better car then they won't have this kind of problems. THEY are cheap knock off from other brands to start with. They just copy what other brand development and they save cost.
        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AERO
        Are you just ignoring the much larger recalls from Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, GM, Nissan etc in the last week?
          AERO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin
          At lease those brand are doing the recalls. Hyundai on the other hand, look how long it take them to find out the real mpg of their cars....
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      My impression is that quality has taken a dive recently after they made so much progress. My '13 Genesis has been in the shop for nearly 2 weeks to replace the power steering pump and they are still trying to fix a vibration issue. The dealer told me they are overwhelmed with major warranty repairs lately and it took days for them to even look at my car. I know this is anecdotal but it sure falls in line with these other reports. I wonder if they let quality slip in an effort to maximize production.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin
        Might not be so anecdotal. I took my Sonata in for service and there was a guy there getting the radio replaced in his very recent R-Spec sedan. They came back and told him the back-up camera no longer worked with the new radio (though now everything else did) and that had already happened three other times. The customer said he was in construction and knew things just happened. Now, CR's latest survey shows many makers are having electronic problems, but it gave me pause as my odometer heads toward 163K and I'm wanting a new car.
        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin
        Just to make it clear, I love my car but it is nowhere near as solid as the Hyundai I bought in 2008 which never had a single issue in over 4 years of ownership.
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          @Justin
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          Justin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin
          Yeah because the big 3 haven't had their share of quality issues (extreme sarcasm)...
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