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He reported the problem with the engines and got a reward of millions in return from the authorities.  And the automaker paid for it

He reported the problem with the engines and got a reward of millions in return from the authorities. And the automaker paid for it

From time to time, automakers encounter technical problems with their models. Among other things, contract events are used to solve them. However, even their advertising sometimes does not protect the brand from possible fines from the authorities. And that’s exactly what happened to Hyundai.

The whole story began with an imaginary bounty at the end in 2016, when one of the brand’s engineers at the time, Kim Gwang Ho, pointed out that US Department of Transportation (NHTSA) Hyundai installs engines in cars that are prone to stiffness and excessive wear, and although it knows about it, it doesn’t solve it. These were 2-liter and 2.4-liter engines for the American versions of the Sonata and Santa Fe models. Although the automaker eventually called for an event to be held for this purpose, it received an $81 million fine from the office.

After paying this amount, the office paid about 30%, or about $24 million, to the engineer who pointed out the company’s problems. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) said: “This award is the maximum percentage allowed by law. Whistleblowers play a very important role in these cases when they report serious security issues to us that we would not otherwise be aware of.”

The Kim Prize is the biggest award ever received by a detective. The law allowing such bonuses has been in effect since 2015. We will add that Kim no longer works with Hyundai.