After at least 12 reported auto fires, the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group expanded a previous recall, adding 180,000 units to the list of defective vehicles. The firm explained that an electrical malfunction could expose car owners and passengers to fire-related personal injury and property damage and is now urging car owners to park their cars outside.
Impacted cars include 180,000 2019 through 2021 Hyundai Tucson vehicles, which are being added to a list of 150,000 Santa Fe SUVs that had already been recalled.
The company is also recalling 9,000 of the Kia Stingers of the 2019 year model over similar issues.
Because corrosion can expose the anti-lock brake circuit boards to a fire, even if the engine is off, Hyundai Kia is urging car owners to park their vehicles outside and away from any property. They have also urged impacted car owners to disconnect the positive cable on the battery and stop driving the vehicle if the anti-lock brake warning light comes on.
In the past, car owners reported 12 fires associated with the Tucson brake circuit boards while six fires were linked to the Stinger vehicles. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
This recall expansion is following a report released by U.S. regulators claiming that the manufacturer was readying to recall over 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada over a brake fluid issue that could lead to engine fires.
Hyundai Kia Car Owners: Is Your Car In Danger Of Experiencing A Fire-Related Accident?
Hyundai Kia is under the spotlight as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces that a fuel leak issue that could increase the risk of an auto fire was linked to 440,000 2013 through 2015 Kia Optima midsize sedans and 2014 and 2015 Kia Sorento SUVs in America. Now that the company has also published its fire-related recall expansion, it’s clear that car owners should be extremely careful.
If you own one of the Tucson, Santa Fe, or Stinger vehicles that have been impacted by this recall or you are afraid your vehicle may have a similar issue, you can look at more recall information by following this link or this link.
If you or a loved one experienced a fire-related incident with one of the recalled vehicles, contact the manufacturer and report the incident to the NHTSA through their SafeCar.gov website.