06 Oct 2023

Kia and Hyundai issue recall for over 3 million vehicles due to fire hazards

Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) took decisive action on September 27, 2023, by issuing a recall for more than 3.4 million vehicles. Kia and Hyundai issue recall: Among these, over 1.7 million are Kia vehicles, and approximately 1.6 million are Hyundai vehicles, all facing a concerning fire hazard.

Owners of these recalled vehicles are being strongly advised to park them outdoors and away from structures until necessary repairs have been completed. This precaution is crucial because the fire risk associated with these vehicles can manifest whether they are parked and turned off or actively in motion.

What’s the issue?

The NHTSA identified a critical issue with the anti-lock brake system module in these vehicles, leading to the potential leakage of brake fluid within the system. This brake fluid leakage has the potential to trigger an electrical short circuit, resulting in a significant overcurrent. This overcurrent dramatically raises the risk of engine compartment fires, whether the vehicle is stationary or on the move.

As of now, Hyundai has reported a troubling total of 21 vehicle fires caused by this issue, along with 22 thermal incidents encompassing smoking, burning, and component melting. Kia has reported four vehicle fires and six instances of component melting.

Kia and Hyundair issue recall: Affected vehicle models

The Hyundai models subject to this recall encompass a range of years and 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

For Kia, the affected models are as follows:

  • 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

My vehicle is affected, now what?

If you suspect that your vehicle falls within the scope of this recall, take prompt action by visiting NHTSA.gov/recalls. There, you can enter your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) to determine whether your vehicle is subject to the recall. If it is, it is imperative to contact your nearest dealership immediately to arrange for a free repair. Your safety and the safety of others on the road depend on addressing this issue promptly.


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