Owners of 3.4 Million Recalled Hyundai and Kias Urged to Park Outside Due to Fire Risk
by Mindy Cohn
Hyundai and Kia are not only recalling nearly 3.4 million vehicles but are also advising owners to park their cars outside due to the possibility of engine compartment fires.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported yesterday that as the anti-lock brake control module can leak fluid, causing an electrical short, which can lead to a fire while the vehicles are parked or being driven, owners should take precautions and park outside, away from buildings until modifications can be made to the resolve the issue.
While Hyundai reported 21 fires and 22 melting incidents, and Kia reported 10 fires and melting incidents altogether, Hyundai said in a statement that owners can continue to drive the cars as no crashes or injuries have been reported.
Hyundai and Kia dealers will replace the anti-lock brake fuse at no cost to owners, who will receive notification letters beginning November 14 for Kias and November 21 for Hyundais.
Affected Kia models include the 2010 through 2019 Borrego, the 2014 to 2016 Cadenza, 2010 through 2013 Forte, Forte Koup and Sportage, the 2015 to 2018 K900, the 2011 to 2015 Optima, the 2011 to 2013 Optima Hybrid and Soul, the 2012 to 2017 Rio, the 2011 to 2014 Sorento, and the 2010 to 2011 Rondo.
Hyundai models covered by the recall include the 2011 to 2015 Elantra, Genesis Coupe, and Sonata Hybrid, the 2012 to 2015 Accent, Azera, and Veloster, the 2013 to 2015 Elantra Coupe and Santa Fe, the 2014 to 2015 Equus, the 2010 to 2012 Veracruz, the 2010 to 2013 Tucson, the 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell, and the 2013 Santa Fe Sport.
Owners can go here to key in their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle is one of those affected by the recall.
Even before this recall, Hyundai and Kia have recalled more than 9.2 million vehicles for fires and engine problems for issues dating back to 2015.
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