Hyundai and Kia Recall Nearly 500,000 Vehicles for Fire Risk, Tell Owners to Park Outside

Hyundai and Kia have issued recalls for nearly 500,000 cars and SUVs due to a defect that can cause the vehicles to catch fire even when not running. Owners are advised to park their vehicles outside until they are inspected and repaired.

Details of the Hyundai and Kia Recalls

According to CNN, the recall involves “foreign contaminants” that could cause the vehicles’ anti-lock brake computer control module to short circuit, possibly starting a fire in the engine compartment.

As part of the recall, dealers will inspect the vehicles’ anti-lock braking control modules and may replace them if needed. Dealers will also replace a fuse that controls the electric current to the anti-lock braking control unit. New fuses will reduce the amount of power going to the anti-lock braking control module.

Owners of affected vehicles should continue to park their vehicles outside until a dealer inspects the anti-lock braking control module in their vehicle.

Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai’s parent company, currently owns a controlling interest in Kia.  As a result, the two automakers share engineering on some models. Hyundai is recalling a total of 357,830 vehicles while Kia is recalling 126,747 vehicles.

Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggest Kia is aware of three vehicle fires related to the defect.

Vehicles Included in the Hyundai, Kia Anti-Lock Brake Control Module Recalls

The recall affects the following vehicles:

  • Hyundai
    • 2016-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
    • 2017-2018 Santa Fe Sport
    • 2019 Santa Fe XL
    • 2014-2015 Tucson SUV
  • Kia
    • 2016-2018 K900 Sedans
    • 2014-2016 Sportage SUVs

What to Do When Your Defective Vehicle Resulted in Injury

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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