SEOUL -- South Korea said it is investigating suspected safety issues with vehicles made by Tesla Inc., which competes strongly with Hyundai Motor Co. in the country's electric vehicle market.
Braking and steering systems including the Autopilot function are part of the investigation, a transport ministry official said Wednesday.
The ministry declined to elaborate but South Korean media said Tesla's Model 3 was under investigation, and the probe might take anywhere from six months to a year.
Tesla would cooperate with the investigation, an official at its South Korean unit said.
In the U.S. the National Transportation Safety Board last year cited driver errors and Tesla’s Autopilot design as the probable cause of a January 2018 crash of a Model S in California.
In South Korea, Tesla had its best month in June with its Model 3 beating Hyundai’s Kona EV, as well as premium models from BMW and Audi.