Hyundai, Kia recalling more vehicles for possible fire risks

Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 180,000 vehicles within the U.S. due to issues with the antilock brake system, which can end in {an electrical} brief and automobile fire.

The recalled vehicles are 180,000 Hyundai Tucson compact crossovers from the 2019-21 mannequin years and about 9,400 Kia Stingers from the 2019 mannequin yr.

The recall discover comes after the two automakers recalled more than 600,000 vehicles final week for an identical subject, the place brake fluid might leak into the hydraulic digital management unit, which may trigger {an electrical} brief over time and a automobile fire. Those recalled vehicles had been 2013-15 Kia Optima sedans, 2014-15 Kia Sorento crossovers and 2013-15 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport crossovers.

“The two recalls are for the ABS module but are for different issues,” Hyundai spokesman Michael Stewart informed Automotive News.

The Tucson recall “is to address a potentially defective circuit board in the ABS brake hydraulic electronic control unit. This can result in internal corrosion and cause an electrical short over time,” he mentioned. “The Santa Fe Sport recall identified an issue of internal brake fluid leaking within the ABS module.”

Stewart cautioned that house owners of the Tucson and Santa Fe vehicles ought to park them outdoors till the recall restore is accomplished.

“If the ABS warning light is illuminated, the vehicle should not be driven, a local Hyundai dealer should be contacted, and customers should disconnect the vehicle’s 12-volt battery and leave it disconnected while the vehicle is parked waiting for service,” he mentioned, including that, if wanted, house owners might be supplied a rental automobile.

To date, Hyundai said it was conscious of 12 engine compartment fires associated to the defect in Tucson vehicles: 9 in 2019 fashions, two in 2020 fashions and one in a 2021 mannequin. The automaker was investigating whether or not this probably impacts equal fashions offered in different nations, Stewart mentioned, and was not conscious of any associated accidents.

Hyundai said it was nonetheless evaluating the difficulty however {that a} “quality control deficiency exists in some vehicles.”

The automaker mentioned it would conduct an in depth examination of the recalled hydraulic digital management items and can work with the components provider, Mando America Corp., to acquire high quality management and engineering variations within the items for the three mannequin years.

Dealers will substitute the unit, and Hyundai will start notifying house owners Oct. 30.

For the 2019 Stingers, an engine compartment fire might happen the place the antilock brake system hydraulic digital management unit is situated. Kia mentioned in a press release Thursday it was not conscious of any fires occurring whereas the automobile was turned off and parked. However, the automaker really useful that house owners park their vehicles outdoor and away from different vehicles or buildings till the recall restore has been accomplished.

Kia has obtained six fire-related complaints from clients who had been driving. The automaker mentioned it was not conscious of any crashes or accidents associated to the difficulty.

Kia said 2020 Stingers haven’t skilled the issue.

Kia continues to be investigating possible causes and has not but recognized a treatment. The automaker will start notifying sellers Oct. 20 and automobile house owners Oct. 26.


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