Hyundai, Kia issue recall, warn cars could spontaneously catch fire

Some 485,000 vehicles are included in the recall, and 11 fires have been reported in the U.S. so far

Leada Gore

WASHINGTON — Some Hyundai and Kia owners are being advised to park their cars outside due to concerns they could catch fire even if the engine is turned off.

Some 485,000 vehicles from the Korean automakers have been recalled. The AP reports the problem centers on an antilock brake control module that can cause an electrical short, increasing the risk of fire while being driven or parked. Eleven fires have been reported in the U.S. with no injuries.

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The recall will include dealers inspecting the vehicles’ anti-lock braking control module and possibly replacing it with a new one, according to CNN. Dealers will also replace a fuse that controls the electric current to the anti-lock braking control unit. The work will be done at no cost to owners.

Affected models are certain Kia Sportage SUVs from 2014-2016; K900 sedans from 2016-2018; Hyundai Santa Fes SUV from 2016-2018; 2017 and 2018 Santa Fe Sports; 2019 Santa Fe XL; and 2014 and 2015 Tucson SUVs.

You can go here to check and see if your auto’s VIN number is included in the recall.

If it is, owners are advised to park their vehicle outside and away from structures until the repairs are made.


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