The coronavirus pandemic has had a disastrous effect on the global market. In the automotive segment, automakers closed its factories in China to prevent the virus from spreading even more. Recently, the 2020 Geneva Motor Show was canceled as Swiss authorities imposed a nationwide ban on mass gatherings. Now, Hyundai has been affected by the coronavirus too, shutting down one of its factories in South Korea.
Hyundai Motor shut down one of its factories in South Korea after a worker tested positive for COVID-19. Specifically, its Ulsan facility which produces the Santa Fe, Tucson, Palisade, and the Genesis GV80 SUV models. Hyundai operates five factories in Ulsan, with the said plant responsible for about 30% of the brand’s global production, employing 34,000 workers.
As a preventive measure, the automaker has instructed workers who were in close contact with the infected employee to undergo self-quarantine. Furthermore, the company says they have “taken steps to have them tested for possible infection.” They would also be disinfecting the whole factory as a safety measure.
South Korea has become the second-worst hit country by the coronavirus outside of China, with over 4,000 reported cases. Majority of which have been recorded in Daegu, which is less than an hour away from Ulsan.
Hyundai has not announced when the production of vehicles in the said plant would resume. However, work continues on at the other four factories at Hyundai’s Ulsan plant.
If you recently purchased a brand new Santa Fe, Tucson or a Palisade from the dealership there's no need to worry. As reported, the chances of COVID-19 coronavirus surviving in transit appear to be very low. So, it is unlikely that you would get infected by driving your new Hyundai.