Reportedly, Kia and Hyundai will soon notify owners about a sweeping range of recalls that will impact more than 3.3 million vehicles.
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Select Makes & Models Pose A Fire Risk
According to AP News, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has acknowledged that the anti-lock braking system (ABS) control module in certain Kias and Hyundais can leak fluid and spark an electrical fire.
The malfunction can occur whether the car is parked or in motion. As a result, affected vehicle owners are advised to park away from buildings until the issue is repaired.
The publication reports that both companies have spoken on the situation in separate statements. Hyundai acknowledged 43 reported instances of fire breaking out or parts melting as a result of “thermal incidents.” Meanwhile, Kia addressed ten reported instances of fire/ part melting.
We should note that both companies have reportedly assured consumers that people haven’t reported any crashes or injuries due to the malfunction.
CAR RECALLS: Kia and Hyundai are recalling more than 3.3 million vehicles over potential fire risks. Federal regulators say a brake fluid leak could spark a fire in impacted Hyundais and a possible electrical short in some Kias can also ignite. pic.twitter.com/6GVG2KWWGs
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 27, 2023
Which Vehicles Are Kia & Hyundai Recalling?
As far as which specific models are impacted, the recall affects select Kia Borregos (2010-2019), Cadenzas (2014-2016), Fortes (2010-2013), Forte Koups (2010-2013), K900s (2015-2018), and Sportages (2010-2013).
Kia is also recalling select Optimas (2011-2015), Optima Hybrids (2011-2013), Rios (2012-2017), Sorentos (2011-2014), Souls (2011-2013), and Rondos (2010-2011).
For Hyundai, the recall affects certain Elantra (2011-2015), Elantra Coupe (2013-2015), Genesis Coupe (2011-2015), Accent (2012-2015), Sonata Hybrid (2011-2015), Veloster (2012-2015), Equus (2014-2015), Veracruz (2010-2012), Azera (2012-2015), Tucson (2010-2013), and Santa Fe (2013-2015) models.
Furthermore, the company is recalling the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell and 2013 Santa Fe Sport as well.
Reportedly, Kia and Hyundai will begin sending notification letters on Nov. 14 and Nov. 21, respectively. Owners can have the ABS control fuse replaced for free at a dealership.
For further confirmation, you can access the NHTSA website here.
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