Hyundai, Kia Recall 500,000 Vehicles Over Fire Risk
Korea’s leading car manufacturers recalled over half a million cars in the US after finding a defect that may lead to engine fires.
Kia and Hyundai are the subject of three unrelated recalls from NHTSA. Officials say a succession of occurrences may lead to leakages of oil that can occasion fires. Kia Soul’s sport utility vehicles are the most affected cars.
The firm is recalling about three hundred and seventy-nine thousand cars from model years two thousand and twelve through to two thousand and sixteen with the 1.6-liter engine because of brand new issues that may occasion engine fires.
Kia also recalled Sportage sports utility vehicles from two thousand and eleven and two thousand and twelve.
Meanwhile, Hyundai recalled 152,000 Tucson sports utility vehicles from two thousand and eleven to two thousand and thirteen.
Over three hundred Kia and Hyundai cars have allegedly had engine fire from last June placing the firms under inspection.
Authorities have been investigating them from twenty sixteen, and the firms started recalls for the matter from two thousand and fifteen.
The South Korean car manufacturer has now recalled over 2.3 million cars since two thousand and fifteen to address several engine fires hazards.
On Wednesday, the center for automobile safety queried congress to hold the firms accountable for failing to mend at-risk cars, forcing some owners to make repairs themselves using factory workshop manuals.
Rather than failing to bestow the public with a resolution for these fires or a reasonable account or solely taking liability for continuing to vend what emerges to be a faulty engine, both producers have recalled less than ten percent of the possible fire-prone cars and anticipated no one would inquire about the rest.
This is, according to Jason Levine, an executive director.
Levine goes on to say that Congress has been urged by the center for automobile safety to probe why Hyundai and Kia have declined to address this threatening flaw wholly and why the government guidance of the agency answerable for supervising traffic and high safety have authorized such continued crime.
Around 12 vehicles built between 2010 and the present day are currently being recalled by Hyundai and Kia, primarily due to fluid leaks onto exhaust components causing fires, however other defects have also played a role.
The deed follows the recall of hundred thousand Honda Ridgeline Lorries early this month which could ignite if they were cleaned.
Ford additionally recalled more than 1.8 million vehicles and Lorries in three unrelated recalls in February.
Involved was the recall of 1.5 million f-150 because of a transmission defect that could occasion the cars to plunge to first gear without warning.
Last year, Honda recalled 1.4 million vehicles because of the continuing Takata problem, which appears to resolve possible volatile airbags.
The takata situation was made worse to Hyundai and Kia due to the fact Takata decided to declare bankruptcy and liquidators were able to on-sell assets but no ability was found to pay for the recall process. As such, manufacturers such as Hyundai and Kia now have to pay for airbags from a third party at their own cost to cover the global recall process.
It remains to be seen if the Takata airbag situation will ever be resolved, with many car owners likely not knowing their vehicle has problems, or with second hand vehicles purchased and buyers left totally unaware of the fault.