Recall Scope In Hyundai And Kia:
Hyundai and Kia have initiated a significant recall, impacting nearly 3.4 million vehicles in the United States and an additional 600,000 in Canada due to potential engine compartment fires. The recall is linked to a brake fluid leak that may lead to an electrical short circuit, thereby increasing the risk of fires while the vehicle is parked or in operation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a safety advisory, urging affected car owners to park their vehicles outside as a precautionary measure. However, both Hyundai and Kia have indicated that the vehicles can still be driven safely until the recall remedy is completed.
No Reported Injuries or Fatalities:
Fortunately, no injuries, fatalities, or accidents have been reported thus far in connection with this defect. Both Hyundai and Kia have shared this information in documents posted online by the NHTSA.
The recall applies to approximately 1.64 million select Hyundai and Genesis vehicles, spanning model years 2010 through 2015, including popular models like the Accent, Elantra, and Tucson. Additionally, it affects approximately 1.73 million specific Kia models, ranging from 2010 through 2019, including the Cadenza, Optima, and Sorento.
While Hyundai is the parent company of Kia Motors, both manufacturers operate independently. In response to the issue, Hyundai and Kia have been cooperating closely with regulators to address the concerns promptly.
History of Concerns:
The recall stems from a 2019 report of an overheated antilock brake system (ABS) in a Hyundai Elantra in the United States. Subsequent investigations revealed 21 vehicle fires and 22 other incidents, such as smoke, burning, and melting components, related to the ABS in the U.S., along with two similar cases in Canada.
In July, Hyundai informed Kia about its investigation into models equipped with hydraulic electronic control units (ECUs) resembling those in Kia vehicles, prompting Kia to initiate its own recall. Kia has reported one engine compartment fire, three ECU fires, and six instances of melting components related to the issue.
Car owners are advised to remain vigilant for potential warning signs, such as the illumination of the “check engine” or antilock brake system lights, smoke emanating from the engine, or the presence of a burning or melting odor. These indicators should prompt immediate action and contact with the respective manufacturers or dealerships for guidance on addressing the issue.