HYUNDAI and Kia are recalling nearly 500,000 cars across the United States due to a defect that could cause them to catch fire even when parked.
The manufacturers say “foreign contaminants” could cause the anti-lock brake computer control module to short circuit.
This increases the risk of fire while cars are being driven or parked.
Certain 2014-2016 Kia Sportage SUVs and 2016-18 K900 sedans are among the affected cars.
hyundai has issued recalls for certain 2016-18 Santa Fe SUVs, 2017 and 18 Santa Fe Sports SUVs, the 2019 Santa Fe XL and 2014 and 2015 Tucson SUVs.
So far, there have been 11 reports of fires across the United States, but no injuries have been recorded, according to the Associated Press.
Owners are encouraged to park potentially affected vehicles outside and not near buildings.
Drivers can visit the NHTSA.gov website where they can enter their vehicle identification number to see if their car is recalled.
Hyundai will start sending letters from April 5, while Korean automaker Kia will send out notifications from March 31 with instructions to bring its cars to a dealership.
A Kia spokesperson told The Sun that a new fuse with a “different capacity to prevent an overcurrent condition” will be installed.
In a statement, Hyundai said automakers act “quickly” when a fault is detected.
They said they would fix the issue at no cost to affected customers.
There have been more than 30 U.S. fire- and engine-related recalls from Hyundai and Kia since 2015, according to data from the Center for Auto Safety.
It comes weeks after Kia recalled more than 410,000 vehicles to fix an issue that can prevent airbags from inflating in the event of a crash.
The recall affects certain Forte small cars from model years 2017 and 2018, as well as Sedona minivans and Soul small SUVs from 2017 to 2019.
Manufacturers say the airbag control computer cover can come into contact with a memory chip and damage the electrical circuit.
Dealers will inspect the computer and update the software or replace it.
The company says it has received 13 customer complaints and 947 warranty claims, but no accidents or injuries have been reported.
Hyundai and Kia launched a “product improvement campaign” in the United States that covered 3.7 million vehicles.
Motorists have been encouraged to install software that warns them of possible engine failures.
The Sun has approached Hyundai and Kia for comment.
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