Hyundai and Kia recalling 600k cars in US/Canada, asks customers to park outside

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Dec 20, 2018
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Hyundai and Kia recalling 600k cars in US/Canada, asks customers to park outside

I recall a similar recall (fire) a few years ago with another automaker who also asked their customers to park outside but forgot the make ... ed-outside ... d-recalls/
Hyundai and Kia have issued two separate recalls for over half a million vehicles that could leak brake fluid and catch fire. These follow multiple other recalls—in addition to an investigation and a lawsuit—related to fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Hyundai’s recall includes over 150,000 Santa Fe Sport SUVs from the 2015 through 2017 model years because brake fluid may leak within the antilock brake system (ABS) module. Kia is recalling more than 440,000 Optima sedans from the 2013 through 2015 model years and Sorento SUVs from the 2014 through 2015 model years to fix a different brake fluid leak from another part of the brake system. In both cases, the leak could cause an electrical short circuit, which could lead to an engine compartment fire.

Documents provided to NHTSA and CR showed that there have been 15 fires in Hyundai vehicles and eight fires in Kia vehicles related to these problems. Some of these fires destroyed the cars and SUVs, but none of them caused injuries, the automakers say.

Stewart said the recalls announced today are unrelated to previous recalls involving vehicle fire risk. Previous recalls involved faulty oil pans, catalytic converters, fuel leaks, oil leaks, and engine issues. Some of the vehicles in this recall were involved in prior recall campaigns as well. In addition, the Hyundai Elantra was previously recalled for a different problem related to its ABS sensor.

After more than 3,000 reports of fires and a petition from the Center for Auto Safety, an advocacy group, NHTSA launched an investigation into Hyundai and Kia vehicles that use a four-cylinder engine design that both companies share, which is called the Theta II. There is a class action lawsuit related to the fires as well.

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In before someone else mentions the exploding engines. Lol
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I hope they actually figured the problem out now. For the last 2 years, they didn't even know what was causing it.