Slap on the Wrist: Hyundai pleads guilty to six Motor Vehicle Safety Act violations, fined $360,000 by Transport Canada

Ottawa, Ontario – Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. has pled guilty to six criminal charges and violating Motor Vehicle Safety Act, according to an announcement on Apr. 18, 2023 by the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport.

According to Transport Canada, Hyundai submitted six guilty pleas for to failing to send safety defect notices for within 60 days, resulting in a fine of $360,000.

Specifically, six recalls with serious defects were issued by Hyundai in 2020 and 2021. However, these notifications did not fall within the prescribed timeline of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

While Hyundai eventually notified owners, they did not do so within prescribed timelines, which Transport Canada said necessitated the filing of the criminal charges. They now consider the matter resolved, due to Hyundai’s guilty plea and imposed fine.

“It is alarming that Hyundai failed to notify vehicle owners of a recall in a timely manner on six different occasions, which is why Transport Canada pursued criminal charges against the company,” said Alghabra.

“We expect all vehicle manufacturers to abide by the law, and Transport Canada will not hesitate to act when safety has been compromised.”


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