Representatives from Hyundai Motor Company told media that the company is working with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to address an investigation that uncovered underage workers at factories that belonged to some of its suppliers.
Another report alleges to have discovered child labor in even more car part factories in the state.
Hyundai will likely drop two auto parts manufacturers in Alabama who were accused of using child labor.
The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) obtained a federal court order against a Hyundai and Kia auto parts manufacturer in Alabama on Tuesday, claiming the company is violating child labor laws.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Labor accused an auto parts supplier for Hyundai Motor Co. of violating federal child labor laws at an Alexander City factory.
“Let’s not waste this historic moment,” the lead sentence in a Hyundai Motor America release said, dated June 19, 2020, marking the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth.
A report from Reuters on Friday claimed SMART Alabama LLC, a supplier with a manufacturing facility in Luverne, had used child labor in the past.
Prices for used cars have risen 31% nationally, and by 22% in Alabama, according to iseecars.com.
Hyundai and Kia continue recalls of several of their vehicles due to a risk of fires. The Korean automakers have had continued struggles...