In the late 2010s, there were many recalls at Hyundai and Kia due to fire hazards. The new decade sees us witnessing a similar scenario as history repeats itself between these closely related manufacturers.
This time, the two companies announced that they will recall nearly half a million vehicles, again for the same reason. The ad is accompanied by a warning, which asks owners to park their car outside, away from other vehicles and structures, until repairs are made.
These cars can catch fire even with the engine off.
The recall affects certain Kia Sportage SUVs (2014-2016) and certain Kia K900 sedans (2016-2019). It also targets Hyundai Santa Fe (2016-2018), Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (2017-2018), Hyundai Santa Fe XL (2019) and Hyundai Tucson (2014-2015).
In total, we are talking about 126,747 Kia and 357,830 Hyundai, all for a total of 484,588 units.
Update: As for the Canadian market, here’s what it looks like. In the case of Hyundai, a total of 67,355 vehicles are affected. In Kia, the total is 13,571 units (17 K900 2016-2018 and 13,554 Sportage 2014-2016).
Hyundai models may suffer from anti-lock brake system performance. This can cause a short circuit causing a fire. At Kia, there is talk of a similar problem with the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) that can cause a short circuit and fire.
This new campaign is in addition to those already implemented for similar problems. So much so that US federal authorities are closely monitoring what is happening at Hyundai and Kia. In December, NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), similar to Transport Canada, opened a “technical analysis” for two manufacturers. Its purpose is to explore the work behind companies’ efforts to remember. The analysis involved approximately three million vehicles.
Hyundai and Kia will notify owners by mail to contact their dealers to schedule a repair, free of charge, of course. Kia dealers will install new fuses for the HECU circuit board, while Hyundai technicians will also install new fuses as well as inspect and replace the ABS module, if necessary.
Kia will start sending notification letters on March 31. The exercise will take place from April 5 at Hyundai.