Vehicles may spontaneously catch fire, Hyundai, Kia warns 500,000 US customers
Hyundai and Kia are urging owners of over 500,000 cars and SUVs in the United States to park outside and away from structures due to a suspected flaw that can enable the vehicles to spontaneously catch fire even when not operating.
The risk is that "foreign contaminants" can cause a short circuit in the anti-lock brake computer control module, which could result in a fire in the engine compartment.
Hyundai issued a recall for 2016-2018 model year Santa Fe SUVs, 2017-2018 Santa Fe Sport SUVs, 2019 Santa Fe XL models and 2014-2015 Tucson SUVs. Kia is recalling 2016-2018 K900 sedans and 2014-2016 Sportage SUVs. Hyundai has issued a total of 357,830 recalls, while Kia has issued 126,747.
Dealers will evaluate and possibly repair the anti-lock braking control module, a small computer chip that controls the vehicle's emergency anti-lock braking system. At no charge to owners, dealers will also replace a fuse that controls the electric current to the anti-lock brake control unit. The new fuse will reduce the amount of power that the module receives.
Kia stated it is aware of three vehicles that had caught fire in paperwork filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The firms also stated that owners could safely drive their automobiles, but that they should be parked away from any structures or buildings.
Owners of Kia vehicles who believe their vehicle is affected should contact a Kia dealer or the company's customer service department. Owners can also visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website to learn more about vehicle safety.