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Hyundai whistleblower gets $24 million from NHTSA in engine recall case
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has paid a former Hyundai engineer a $24 million reward through the agency's new whistleblower program.
Kim Gwang-ho, an engineer who worked for the automaker in South Korea, in 2016 reported to the NHTSA that Hyundai wasn't adequately addressing an engine issue that was causing seizures and fires with potential safety consequences. It also provided it with evidence that led to the automaker paying $210 million in civil penalties for failing to recall the 1.6 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles affected in a timely fashion.
It marked the first payout of the whistleblower program, which was established through legislation passed in 2015 as part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, but activated only this year.