USA Today presents breaking news of a nationwide Kia recall affecting roughly 295,000 vehicles. Underlying defects within the vehicles can cause engines to stall or even ignite.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating Kia vehicles in 2019 after numerous safety complaints. NHTSA found that there were approximately 3,100 fires and 103 injuries associated with the faulty engines. There was also one report of a death.
The recall itself was apparently deliberately delayed, with Kia and other various automakers being fined for the failing to recall the vehicles in a timely manner.
Kia plans to issue notices to consumers on January 27 and offer free inspections and repairs at local dealers. Due to negligence of a delayed recall, Kia must pay $137 million dollars in fines.
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