Hyundai and Kia Recall 3.37 Million Vehicles in the US Over Engine Fire Risk

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Hyundai and Kia have issued a recall for a combined total of 3.37 million vehicles in the United States due to a potential engine fire risk. The automakers are advising owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until necessary repairs have been completed.

The reason for the recall is attributed to internal brake fluid leaks that can lead to an electrical short circuit, posing a fire hazard. In response to this safety concern, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is endorsing the automakers’ recommendation that vehicle owners park their cars outdoors until the necessary repairs have been carried out.

Hyundai has reported 21 instances of fires and 21 other thermal incidents linked to the recall since 2017. Kia, on the other hand, has documented at least ten confirmed fires and incidents involving melting components. Fortunately, neither automaker has received reports of any accidents, injuries, or fatalities resulting from these recalls, as confirmed by NHTSA.

Hyundai and Kia Recall 3.37 Million Vehicles in the US Over Engine Fire Risk
A customer wearing a protective mask looks at a Hyundai Motor Co. Kona electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) on display at the company’s Motorstudio showroom in Goyang, South Korea, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. South Koreas two biggest automakers are taking a 3.36 trillion won ($2.9 billion) earnings hit because of costs related to a 2019 settlement of a U.S. class-action lawsuit linked to alleged engine defects. Hyundai Motor is setting aside 2.1 trillion won and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. 1.26 trillion won in third-quarter earnings to be reported on Oct. 26. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Kia America’s recall encompasses 1.73 million vehicles, including models such as Borrego, Cadenza, Forte, Sportage, K900, Optima, Soul, Rio, Sorento, and Rondo, spanning various model years from 2010 through 2017. The issue stems from the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), which can experience an electrical short circuit due to brake fluid leaks, potentially leading to engine compartment fires, whether the vehicle is parked or in operation.

Hyundai’s recall affects 1.64 million vehicles, including Elantra, Genesis Coupe, Sonata Hybrid, Accent, Azera, Veloster, Santa Fe, Equus, Veracruz, Tucson, Tucson Fuel Cell, and Santa Fe Sport models from the model years 2011 through 2015. The problem here lies with the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) module, which may leak brake fluid internally, causing an electrical short circuit and posing a fire risk in the engine compartment, whether the vehicle is parked or being driven.

Hyundai intends to inform affected vehicle owners about the recall and request them to visit a dealership to have the ABS module fuse replaced. Kia is actively working on a solution, with plans to notify owners of the recall in November. It is crucial for affected vehicle owners to heed these recalls and take appropriate action promptly to ensure their safety and prevent potential fire hazards.

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