WASHINGTON – A combined 3.37 million vehicles in the United States are being recalled by Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia over the risk of engine fires. Owners are being told to park outside and away from structures until repairs can be made.
The risk is caused by brake fluid leaks that can cause an electrical short that could result in a fire. Hyundai said it has confirmed 21 fires and 21 other thermal incidents since 2017. Kia reports at least 10 confirmed fires.
Neither company reports any crashes, injuries or fatalities as result of the recall issue.
Hyundai’s recall covers the model years 2011 through 2015 and covers 1.64 million vehicles. Models include the Elantra, Genesis Coupe, Sonata Hybrid, Accent, Azera, Veloster, Santa Fe, Equus, Veracruz, Tucson, Tucson Fuel Cell, and Santa Fe Sport.
Kia’s recall takes in the model years 2010 through 2017 and covers 1.73 million vehicles. Models include the Borrego, Cadenza, Forte, Sportage, K900, Optima, Soul Rio, Sorento, and Rondo.
Hyundai and Kia owners are expected to be notified of the recalls in November. Hyundai said dealers will replace the ABS module fuse, while Kia is still working on a remedy.
(Photos of 2014 Kia Optima courtesy of Kia)