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Hyundai and Kia Recall for Fire Hazards to Vehicles

Hyundai and Kia

Many automobile and SUV models from 2010 to 2019 are included in the recalls, including the Santa Fe SUV from Hyundai and the Sorrento SUV from Kia. In the United States, Hyundai reported 21 fires in the impacted vehicles and an additional 22 “thermal occurrences,” which included smoke, burning, and part melting. Kia recorded ten fires and melting accidents.

Hyundai and Kia owners at risk of fire

Hyundai and Kia have issued a recall for nearly 92,000 vehicles in the US due to a fire risk. The recall affects the following models:

The affected Kia and Hyundai models are:

  • Borrego (2010-2019)
  • Cadenza (2014-2016)
  • Forte (2010-2013)
  • Forte Koup (2011-2013)
  • Sportage (2010-2013)
  • K900 (2015-2018), Optima (2011-2015)
  • Optima Hybrid and Soul (2011-2013)
  • Rio (2012-2017)
  • Sorento (2011-2014)
  • and Rondo (2010-2011)
  • Hyundai’s 2011-2015 Elantra
  • Genesis Coupe
  • Sonata Hybrid
  • 2012-2015 Accent
  • Azera, and Veloster, 2013-2015
  • Elantra Coupe and Santa Fe
  • 2014-2015 Equus
  •  2010-2012 Veracruz
  • 2010-2013 Tucson
  • 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell
  • and 2013 Santa Fe Sport

The recall is due to a defect in the oil pump controller, which can overheat and cause a fire. Hyundai and Kia have urged owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until repairs can be made. If you own one of the affected vehicles, contact your Hyundai or Kia dealer to schedule a repair. The repair is free of charge.

Also, the NHTSA published a statement on Wednesday advising owners to leave their cars outside while getting repairs. You can check if your vehicle has been recalled by visiting and entering your vehicle’s VIN number.

Deadly Car Fire Risk

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should park your vehicle outside and away from structures and contact your Hyundai or Kia dealer immediately:

  • Burning or melting odor
  • Smoke coming from underneath the vehicle
  • Check engine light illuminated
  • Other warning lights illuminated
  • Engine unable to turn off

What To Do If Your Car Catches Fire

If your car catches fire, the most important thing is to get out safely. Here are some tips:

1. Pull over to a safe location and turn off the engine. Do not continue to drive even for a short distance, as fire can spread quickly throughout the engine.
2. Get everyone out of the car as quickly as possible.
3. Move away from the car to a safe distance.
4. Call 911.

Hyundai and Kia owners should be aware of the recall and take steps to protect themselves from the fire risk. If you experience any of the symptoms of a fire risk, you should park your vehicle outside and away from structures and contact your Hyundai or Kia dealer immediately.

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