Group seeks recalls from Hyundai, Kia
A nonprofit auto safety group is demanding Hyundai and Kia recall 2.9 million cars and SUVs in the United States over complaints that they can catch fire.
The Center for Auto Safety said there have been more than 220 complaints to the U.S. government since 2010 about fires and another 200 complaints about melted wires, as well as smoke and burning odors.
The complaints involve the 2011 through 2014 Kia Sorento and Optima and the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe, as well as the 2010 through 2015 Kia Soul.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the fires as part of a 2017 probe into Hyundai and Kia engine failures.
The fire reports have come in from across the country, including a death in Ohio in April 2017, the center’s executive director Jason Levine said Friday.
Traders charged with Chicago futures fraud
Three commodities traders were charged by the Justice Department with orchestrating a $60 million fraud that involved spoofing and conspiring to manipulate futures contracts, according to prosecutors and court filings in Houston.
Yuchun “Bruce” Mao, 39, a Chinese national, is accused of working with two other traders at his firm to rig the purchase and sale of futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade, said an indictment made public Friday. A bench warrant for Mao’s arrest was issued Wednesday by a federal judge, court documents said.
The two others charged, Kamaldeep Gandhi, 36, of Chicago and Krishna Mohan, 33, of New York, were preparing to plead guilty to related charges, prosecutors said.
The three traders worked for the same firm at the time of the alleged misconduct, prosecutors said without naming the firm.
Prosecutors said Mao’s alleged spoofing scheme ran from March 2012 through March 2014 and involved dozens of fraudulent orders that were canceled before execution. The victim of the alleged manipulation is an unidentified finance company with offices in Houston, according to the indictment.
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