Hyundai and Kia Issue Recall of Approximately 3.4 Million Vehicles Due to Fire Hazards, Advise Owners to Park Outside

by Ethan Kim
Hyundai and Kia recall

Hyundai and Kia have announced the recall of close to 3.4 million vehicles in the United States, citing risks of fires originating from the engine compartment. Owners are being advised to park these vehicles outdoors as a precautionary measure.

The recall is comprehensive, affecting various car and SUV models manufactured between the years 2010 and 2019. Among the models impacted are Hyundai’s Santa Fe SUV and Kia’s Sorento SUV.

Regulatory documents released on Wednesday by U.S. safety authorities indicate that the anti-lock brake control module is prone to fluid leakage. This leakage can potentially cause an electrical short circuit, which could ignite a fire whether the vehicle is in motion or parked.

To mitigate the risks, both companies are directing owners to park their vehicles outdoors and at a safe distance from buildings until necessary repairs have been executed.

At no charge to vehicle owners, dealerships will be replacing the anti-lock brake fuse. Kia has announced that it will commence sending out notification letters to vehicle owners starting on November 14, while Hyundai plans to start its notifications on November 21.

Hyundai has disclosed the occurrence of 21 fires related to the affected vehicles within the U.S., in addition to 22 thermal events that include incidences of smoke, parts burning, and melting. Meanwhile, Kia has reported 10 such fire and melting incidents.

In an official statement, Hyundai emphasized that owners could continue to operate these vehicles as no accidents or injuries have been reported thus far. The company indicated that the recall is a proactive measure intended to safeguard customer safety.

According to the company, an O-ring within the anti-lock brake motor shaft may gradually lose its sealing capability due to the accumulation of moisture, debris, and dissolved metals in the brake fluid, thereby leading to leaks.

A spokesperson for Kia confirmed on Wednesday that an official statement would be issued soon.

Among the Kia models implicated in this recall are the 2010-2019 Borrego, 2014-2016 Cadenza, 2010-2013 Forte, Forte Koup and Sportage, 2015-2018 K900, 2011-2015 Optima, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid and Soul, 2012-2017 Rio, 2011-2014 Sorento, and the 2010-2011 Rondo.

The Hyundai models subject to this recall encompass the 2011-2015 Elantra, Genesis Coupe, and Sonata Hybrid, the 2012-2015 Accent, Azera, and Veloster, the 2013-2015 Elantra Coupe and Santa Fe, the 2014-2015 Equus, the 2010-2012 Veracruz, the 2010-2013 Tucson, the 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell, and the 2013 Santa Fe Sport.

Vehicle owners are encouraged to visit www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to ascertain whether their vehicle falls under this recall.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hyundai and Kia recall

What is the main issue leading to the recall of Hyundai and Kia vehicles?

The primary reason for the recall is the risk of fires originating from the engine compartment. The anti-lock brake control module in these vehicles can leak fluid, potentially causing an electrical short circuit that can ignite a fire.

Which models and years are affected by this recall?

The recall affects multiple Hyundai and Kia car and SUV models produced between the years 2010 and 2019. Some of the specific models include Hyundai’s Santa Fe and Kia’s Sorento SUVs.

What are the automakers advising owners to do?

Hyundai and Kia are advising owners of affected vehicles to park them outdoors and away from structures until the necessary repairs are carried out.

Will vehicle owners be charged for the repairs?

No, the repairs will be executed at no cost to the owners. Dealerships will replace the anti-lock brake fuse for free.

When will owners be officially notified?

Kia will start sending notification letters to vehicle owners starting on November 14. For Hyundai, the notifications will begin on November 21.

Have there been any reported incidents related to this issue?

Yes, Hyundai has reported 21 fires and 22 other thermal incidents like smoke and melting of parts in the U.S., while Kia has reported 10 fires and melting incidents.

Can owners continue to use their vehicles?

According to Hyundai’s official statement, owners can continue to use their vehicles as no crashes or injuries have been reported. However, it is advised to park the vehicles outdoors until repairs are completed.

How can I check if my vehicle is affected?

Owners can visit www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to determine if their vehicle is included in this recall.

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Tina_M September 27, 2023 - 6:43 pm

My Hyundai is one of the models! Good thing they’re fixing it for free but still, quite concerning.

John_Doe September 27, 2023 - 7:37 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of cars being recalled. Can’t imagine waking up and realizing my car might just catch fire!

MotorHead September 27, 2023 - 11:19 pm

recalls like this make you wonder how these things get past quality control in the first place. So many models affected too.

CarEnthusiast42 September 28, 2023 - 2:24 am

seriously? Just had my Kia checked last month. guess i gotta go back to the dealer smh.

SafetyFirst September 28, 2023 - 5:28 am

This is why I always read up on recalls. Can never be too safe, esp with something as vital as a car.

EcoDriver September 28, 2023 - 9:54 am

Just moved to electric cars, and I ain’t looking back. Stuff like this makes it easier to say goodbye to gasoline.

MaryJane September 28, 2023 - 10:05 am

Got the letter from Kia today. At least theyre taking action, but its still unsettling.


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