Hyundai and Kia have issued a recall for nearly 500,000 vehicles due to a fire risk. If you are the owner of one of these vehicles, you will need to park it outside and contact your nearest dealership immediately. In this article, we will provide you with all the information you need to know about this recall. We will tell you which models are affected, what the potential risks are, and what steps you should take if you own one of these vehicles.
Hyundai and Kia’s Recall is Starting Engine Fires
According to Hyundai and Kia, the anti-lock brake computer control module can short circuit and possibly start a fire in the engine compartment. There is an active recall on 2016-2018 model year Santa Fe SUVs, 2017-2018 Santa Fe Sport SUVs, 2019 Santa Fe LX models and 2014-2015 Tucson SUVs. Kia is recalling 2016-2018 K900 sedans and 2014-2016 Sportage SUVs.
What You Can Do If Your Vehicle Is Affected
If you are the owner of one of these vehicles, park it outside and contact your nearest dealership immediately. The dealerships will replace the computer control module at no cost to you. You will not be able to drive your vehicle until this is done.
The Danger of Engine Fires
No deaths or injuries have been reported, but Hyundai and Kia received multiple reports from the U.S., Canada and South Korea of smoke coming from engines in vehicles that were parked with no one inside. If you are driving and experience a fire under the hood, you should immediately pull over to safety and call 911. You can then contact Hyundai or Kia (depending on what brand of vehicle you drive) for further instructions.
The Importance of Under-the-Hood Fire Safety
Many people do not realize the importance of being prepared for potential under-the-hood fires. They are just as dangerous and potentially fatal as vehicle fires that occur inside the passenger compartment.
Types of Auto Defect Cases We Handle
Defects can appear in any number of places on a vehicle, including the design, production, or installation of a single component. These situations are notoriously difficult to document since it is not always immediately apparent that a vehicle flaw caused an accident or exacerbated injuries. The Soliz Law Firm offers free consultations and can help you go after parties responsible for your injuries. Contact us today (832) 277-2981.