Hyundai and Kia are recalling 37,327 vehicles to address a problem with the fuel pump and fuel rail, which could pose the danger of a fire.
According to Consumer Reports, the recalled vehicles include Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonatas, as well as Kia Sorento and K5 SUVs and sedans from the 2021 and 2022 model years.
A faulty fuel pipe connection could cause a blaze to break out within the car.
Possibility of Fuel Leaks
Hyundai officials said that during an end-of-line vehicle inspection in late March, a fuel door was detected in a newly assembled 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe. During the ensuing investigation, the automaker determined that there were some vehicles where the pipe connections between the high-pressure fuel pump and the fuel rail were insufficiently tightened to the proper torque setting during assembly.
Kia officials said they received one report of a fuel odor in a vehicle with the same pipe as the Hyundai vehicles affected by this recall. During their investigation, they determined that some fuel pipes did not meet specifications for the brands. They identified a production lot from early January 2021 that contained faulty fuel pipes. Either condition could lead to fuel leaks increasing the risk of a fire.
Some of the warnings vehicle owners can look out for include fuel odor, smoke, burning or melting odor, and/or illumination of the malfunction indicator light. Hyundai has said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries, or fires linked to these issues. Both Hyundai and Kia have issued multiple recalls including about 2.5 million vehicles for fire-related issues. When this recall begins, dealers will inspect the vehicle to determine if the fuel pipe is part of the affected production lot. If so, dealers will replace the fuel pipe and tighten it to the proper torque setting at no cost to consumers.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Vehicle fires have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. If you have suffered injuries as the result of a dangerous or defective auto, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitative treatment, permanent injuries, scarring and disfigurement, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Those who have lost loved ones due to defective vehicles may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the automaker seeking compensation as well. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.