Hyundai and Kia Recalling Over 113,000 Cars in North America Over Fire Risks

South Korean duo Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 113,000 newer vehicles in North America because of fire risks. The two automakers have urged owners to park outside and away from structures pending repairs.

The recall covers the Hyundai 2023-2024 Palisade, 2023 Tucson, Sonata, Elantra, and Kona vehicles and 2023-2024 Kia Seltos and 2023 Kia Soul and Sportage vehicles. Around 52,000 Hyundai vehicles and nearly 40,000 Kia vehicles are covered under the recall in the United States, along with 11,000 Hyundai vehicles and 10,700 Kia vehicles in Canada.

According to the automakers, the electronic controllers for the Idle Stop & Go oil pump assembly may contain damaged electrical components that can cause the pump to overheat. Owners will be notified in late September and dealers will inspect and replace the electric oil pump controller as needed. In addition to the fire risk, heat damage could trigger a short circuit impacting other onboard vehicle controllers.

Kia reported 6 complaints of potentially linked thermal occurrences but no accidents or injuries, while Hyundai reported 4 comparable reports. In March, automakers informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a questionable part had been removed from production.

Hyundai told dealers a rental vehicle should be provided to customers who do not feel safe operating their vehicle until a recall fix is available. Hyundai said if owners report a burning/melting odor, they should have the vehicle towed to the nearest Hyundai dealer and not attempt to drive.

Source: Reuters

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