Hyundai and Kia are asking about 485,000 vehicle owners in the U.S. to park outside because they can catch fire even when stopped.
The recall from two Korean automakers is another reason for the long line of fire and engine failure problems that have plagued companies for the past six years.
This time the problem is a contamination in the antilock brake control module that could cause an electrical short.
Some Kia Sportage SUVs from 2014 to 2016 and K900 sedans from 2016 to 2018 have been affected. Mentioned Hyundai includes specific 2016 to 2018 Santa Fe SUVs, 2017 and 2018 Santa Fe Sports, 2019 Santa Fe XL and 2014 and 2015 Tucson SUVs.
Automakers say they have 11 reports of fires in the U.S. but no injuries.
Documents posted Tuesday by U.S. safety regulators say owners should park vehicles outside and away from the structure until repairs are made.
Dealers will replace the fuse. In addition, Hyundai dealers will inspect the control module and replace it if necessary. Hyundai owners will be notified from April 5. Kia expects to send letters from March 31.
The remarks came after the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stepped up its investigation into a series of fires in the engine compartment that killed Korean automakers.
In December, the agency integrated two investigations from 2017 into a new engineering analysis covering more than 3 million vehicles from 2017 to 2011 to 2016 model years. At the time, the NHTSA had received 161 complaints of engine fires, some of which came from vehicles that had already been recalled.
The first recall from companies dealing with engine failure and fire reaches September 2015. Since then it has issued at least eight more recalls for a host of engine problems, according to NHTSA documents.
The agency said it has begun an engineering analysis to assess whether adequate vehicles were covered in previous recalls. It will also monitor the effectiveness of previous recalls as well as the long-term viability of related applications and the non-security sector actions taken by Hyundai and Kia. “
At the time, Hyundai and Kia said they were cooperating with the agency.
Separately, the automakers said they have undertaken a number of recalls to address engine problems, including recall, new engine monitoring technology and extended warranties.
The vehicles involved in the fire involved the relevant Korean automakers Theta II GDI, Theta II MPI, Theta II MPI Hybrid, Nu GDI and Gamma GDI engines. Hyundai Sonata, Santa Fe and Elantra as well as Chias Sorrento, Rio, Optima and Sol. Model years from 2011 to 2016 are covered.
In November 2020, NHTSA announced that Kia and Hyundai would have to pay $ 137 million in fines and safety improvements as they proceeded too slowly to recall more than 1 million vehicles with engines that could fail. The penalty addressed a previous investigation into the behavior of companies involved in the recall of multiple models with the 2011 model year.
Kia was to pay $ 27 million and invest $ 16 million in security operations. Another $ 27 million payment will be deferred until Kia meets security requirements, NHTSA said.
Kia denied the US allegations but said he wanted to avoid a lengthy legal battle.
Data collected by the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety shows more than 30 U.S. fire and engine related recalls of Hyundai and Kia since 2015. Recalls include a total of more than 8.4 million vehicles in the 2006 to 2021 model years.
Many of the memories involved manufacturing defects that prevented oil from flowing out of the engine block. Many expensive engine replacements are involved.
Hyundai and Kia also launched a U.S. product improvement campaign that covered 3.7 million vehicles with software installed that would warn drivers of potential engine failure.