Automakers Hyundai and Kia are recalling over 591,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix brake fluid leaks associated with its anti-lock brakes. The leaking fluids have been known to cause electrical shorts and engine fires. Kia’s recall will start Oct. 15, while Hyundai’s will start Oct. 23.
Documents from the companies show that Hyundai has received 15 reports of engine fires caused by the leaking fluids while Kia has received 8. No injuries from the fires have been reported.
These recalls are the latest in a series of engine fire problems plaguing the two automakers. In February, Hyundai recalled nearly 430,000 small cars for a similar but unrelated problem. Also, in April of 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission opened two new investigations into fires involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles after more than 3,100 fires and 103 injuries were reported.
According to NHTSA data, engine failure and fire problems with Hyundais and Kias have affected more than 6 million vehicles since 2015.
The recalls cover the following:
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