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DETROIT – Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are abandoning over 500,000 cartage in the U.S. and Canada to fix a anchor aqueous aperture that could account agent fires.
The recalls awning added than 440,000 Kia Optima midsize sedans from 2013 through 2015 and Kia Sorento SUVs from 2014 and 2015. Additionally covered are 203,000 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs from 2013 to 2015.
The affiliated automakers say anchor aqueous can aperture central a hydraulic ascendancy assemblage for the anti-lock brakes, possibly causing an electrical abbreviate that can advance to fires.
Kia’s anamnesis will alpha Oct. 15, while Hyundai’s will alpha Oct. 23. Dealers for both companies will audit the ascendancy units for leaks and alter them if bare at no amount to owners.
In aggregation abstracts acquaint Thursday by U.S. assurance regulators, Hyundai said it had 15 letters of agent fires acquired by the aqueous leaks, while Kia said it had eight. Hyundai said it’s not acquainted of any injuries, and Kia said it had none.
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Hyundai said in a account that there’s no charge to esplanade cartage outdoors afore the botheration is fixed, but if the anti-lock anchor admonishing ablaze comes on, owners should not drive their cartage and should acquaintance a dealer. They additionally should abstract the 12-volt array by removing the absolute cable, the aggregation said.
Hyundai abstracts said the aggregation accustomed its aboriginal complaint about an agent blaze in a 2014 Santa Fe in April of 2018, and it started an investigation. Kia began investigating afterwards accepting a complaint of a broiled ascendancy assemblage in a 2015 Sorento aftermost February.
The recalls are the latest in a alternation of agent blaze problems that accept bedeviled the two automakers and accept afflicted off investigations by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Assurance Administration.
In February, Hyundai recalled about 430,000 baby cars for a agnate but allegedly different problem. The aggregation said baptize can get into the antilock anchor computer, account an electrical abbreviate and possibly an agent fire. That anamnesis covered assertive 2006 through 2011 Elantra and 2007 through 2011 Elantra Touring vehicles.
The aggregation said the electrical abbreviate could account a blaze alike back the cars are angry off.
Hyundai said the latest anamnesis is not accompanying to the antecedent recalls or the U.S. investigations. The aggregation said it monitors assurance concerns, including non-collision fires “and acts apace to anamnesis any cartage with assurance accompanying defects.”
In April of 2019, NHTSA opened two new investigations into fires involving Hyundai and Kia cartage afterwards accepting complaints of added than 3,100 fires and 103 injuries.
The bureau accepted a address gluttonous the investigations by the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, a customer advancement group.
The investigations, one for Hyundai and the added for Kia, awning non-crash fires in about 3 actor cartage from the affiliated automakers. The investigations accommodate the 2011 through 2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe, the 2011 through 2014 Kia Optima and Sorento, and the 2010 through 2015 Kia Soul. The complaints came from consumers and from abstracts provided by both automakers.
NHTSA had ahead said it would absorb the noncrash fires into a 2017 assay that advised recalls of Hyundai and Kia cartage for agent failures. It opened the new probes “based on the agency’s assay of advice accustomed from assorted manufacturers, customer complaints and added sources.”
Engine abortion and blaze problems with Hyundais and Kias accept afflicted added than 6 actor cartage back 2015, according to NHTSA documents.