DETROIT — South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are asking owners of the two brands’ 485,000 vehicles in the United States to park their cars outside because of the risk of catching fire even with the engine turned off.
A faulty Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) module can cause a short circuit.
The affected models are sport utility vehicles (SUVs) Kia Sportage from 2014 to 2016, Hyundai Sante Fe 2016 to 2018, Santa Fe Sport 2017 and 2018, Santa Fe XL and Hyundai Tucson 2014 and 2015, as well as the K901 sedan. until 2018.
Hyundai and Kia report that 11 fires have been reported so far, but no one was injured.
Repairs include replacing fuses, but dealer technicians will also inspect control modules and replace them, if necessary.
In the US, owners of affected Hyundai models will be notified of the recall starting April 5, while Kia will begin mailing on March 31.
It is unclear what will happen to Canadian owners of the affected models.