Nearly 2,000 Hyundai and Kia vehicles have been recalled due to a potential fire risk. In certain vehicles, there is a problem that involves the connection beneath the rear seats that may start a fire. Hyundai issued a recall for 754 Ioniq hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles and Kia issued a recall for 1,039 Niro crossovers. The issue affects 2017 and 2018 model years.
Recalls were issued separately for both Hyundai and Kia vehicles, but both automobile companies are experiencing the same issue.
There is a power relay assembly that is located under the rear seat in these cars that has an “inadequate connection.” Because of this, there may be an increase in electrical resistance, which, in return, generates heats and increases the chance of a fire starting. This could lead to injury as well as property damage. Manufacturers warned that the problem could trigger the HEV warning sign to switch on while driving and/or the inability to start the vehicle as a whole.
Drivers can bring in their vehicles for inspection, and dealers will check to see if there is any power relay damage. The main relay will be replaced if no damage is found, and if there are signs of thermal damage, the power relay assembly will be replaced.
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