Kia and Hyundai among millions of vehicles recalled for issues that could spark a fire when the vehicle is in park or driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall on September 27, 2023, for more than 3.4 million vehicles, including more than 1.7 million Kias and 1.6 million Hyundais for issues that could spark a fire.
Until these recalled vehicles have been repaired, manufacturers are advising owners to park their cars outside and away from homes and other structures, as these fires can occur whether the vehicle is parked and turned off or while driving.
Why are these vehicles under recall?
According to the NHTSA, these vehicles have an issue with the anti-lock brake system module that could cause brake fluid to leak internally. If brake fluid leaks, an electrical short could result in a significant overcurrent that can increase the risk of an engine compartment fire while driving or parked.
To date, Hyundai has reported 21 vehicle fires caused by this issue, as well as 22 thermal incidents, including burning, smoking, and melting of components. Kia has reported four vehicle fires and six instances of component melting.
Is your model under recall?
The Hyundai models under recall include:
- 2012-2015 Accent, Azera, and Velostar
- 2011-2015 Elantra, Genesis Coupe, and Sonata HEV
- 2013-2015 Elantra Coupe, Santa Fe
- 2014-2015 Equus
- 2013 Santa Fe Sport
- 2010-2013 Tucson
- 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell
- 2010-2012 Veracruz
The Kia models under recall include:
- 2014-2016 Cadenza
- 2011-2013 Forte/Forte Koup, Soul, and Optima Hybrid
- 2015-2017 K900
- 2010-2015 Optima
- 2011-2017 Rio
- 2010 Rondo
- 2011-2014 Sorento
- 2010-2013 Sportage
What to do if your vehicle is under recall
Check to see if your vehicle is under recall by visiting NHTSA.gov/recalls. Determing if your make and model is affected by typing in your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). If it is, contact your nearest dearlership immediately to schedule a free repair.
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