Hyundai and Kia, which are owned by the same parent company and use many of the same parts, have issued recalls for more than half a million vehicles due to a fire risk issue. Over half a million cars are affected by these related recalls. These recalls have been issued after a string of other fire-related recalls, an investigation, and the filing of a lawsuit.
The vehicles in question have exhibited the potential to leak brake fluid and cause an electrical short circuit. This short circuiting may result in an engine compartment fire. Vehicle owners may notice a burning odor, smoke coming from the engine compartment, or check engine or ABS warning lights.
Which Vehicles Are Affected?
- Santa Fe Sport SUVs (2015-2017 model years, manufactured between 06-17-13 and 05-13-15)
- Kia Optima sedans (2013-2015 model years, manufactured between 06-12-13 and 10-02-25)
- Kia Sorento SUVs (2014-2015 model years, manufactured between 06-17-13 and 12-11-14)
As of mid-October, Kia and Hyundai have sent notices via first class mail to vehicle owners whose cars are affected by this recall. If you feel that you may have missed your notice, you can confirm if your car is included in this recall by visiting the NHTSA website and entering your 17-digit VIN number. You can also contact the manufacturers via phone (Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151; Kia at 1-800-333-4542).
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