Hyundai and Kia are remembering almost 3.4 million automobiles in the U.S. and informing owners to park them outside due to the danger of engine compartment fires.
The remembers cover several cars and truck and SUV designs from the 2010 through 2019 design years consisting of Hyundai’s Santa Fe SUV and Kia’s Sorrento SUV.
Documents published Wednesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state the anti-lock brake control module can leakage fluid and trigger an electrical brief, which can touch off a fire while the automobiles are parked or being driven.
The car manufacturers are recommending owners to park outdoors and far from structures up until repair work are done.
Dealers will change the anti-lock brake fuse at no charge to owners. Kia states in files that it will send out alert letters to owners beginning Nov. 14. For Hyundai the date is Nov. 21.
Hyundai reported 21 fires in the afflicted automobiles in the U.S., and another 22 “thermal incidents” consisting of smoke, burning and melting of parts, the files state. Kia reported 10 fires and melting events.
Hyundai stated in a declaration that owners can continue to drive the automobiles which no crashes or injuries have actually been reported. The car manufacturer stated it was doing the recall to guarantee security of its consumers.
The business stated an O-ring in the anti-skid brakes motor shaft can lose sealing strength with time due to the existence of wetness, dirt and liquified metals in the brake fluid, triggering leakages. The brand-new fuse restricts the operating current of the brake module, the declaration stated.
In a declaration, Kia stated an engine compartment fire might take place in the location of the brake control system due to an electrical brief that leads to extreme existing. The declaration states the precise reason for the brief circuit is unidentified which there have actually been no crashes or injuries.
Michael Brooks, executive director of the not-for-profit Center for Auto Safety, questioned why the business aren’t repairing the leakage issue and why they are waiting so long to correspond to owners.
The solution is changing one fuse with another, however brake fluid can still leakage, possibly triggering a security issue, Brooks stated.
“Why not fix the problem?” he asked. “What you’re not doing here is fixing the O-ring and the leak that’s causing the problem in the first place. You’re combatting a symptom or part of the problem without actually fixing the underlying design issue.”
Brooks likewise questioned why NHTSA is enabling the business to just change a fuse, and why owners aren’t being sent out interim letters instantly alerting them of a major issue. “You would think that you should be notifying those owners right now that they shouldn’t be parking in their garages or their house could catch fire,” he stated.
Statements from both business do not resolve why the fluid leakages aren’t being fixed or why it will take about 2 months to alert owners by letter. Spokespeople for both business stated they would check out the concerns.
NHTSA stated that under the federal automobile security act, car manufacturers can select the solution to repair a problem. The firm stated it will keep an eye on the efficiency of the repair work and open an examination if called for.
In addition, car manufacturers have 60 days to alert owners of remembered automobiles by letter, however frequently the mailings can take place quicker, the firm stated.
NHTSA likewise provided a declaration Wednesday caution owners to park the automobiles outdoors up until repair work are made.
Affected Kia designs consist of 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 designs covered by the recall consist of 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 to www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and type in their 17-digit automobile recognition number to see if their automobile is impacted.
Hyundai and Kia have actually been afflicted by fire issues given that 2015. The Center for Auto Safety effectively petitioned U.S. regulators to look for recalls in 2018 and states on its site that the car manufacturers have actually remembered more than 9.2 million automobiles for fires and engine issues, not consisting of the remembers revealed Wednesday. More than 2 lots of the recalls included over 20 designs from the 2006 through 2021 design years.
In addition, NHTSA is examining 3 million automobiles made by the car manufacturers from the 2011 through 2016 design years. NHTSA states it’s gotten 161 grievances of engine fires, a few of which happened in automobiles that had actually currently been remembered.
In June 2018, NHTSA stated it had actually gotten owner grievances of more than 3,100 fires, 103 injuries and one death. Hyundai and Kia were fined by NHTSA in 2020 for moving too gradually to remember automobiles that were vulnerable to engine failures.