Feb 8, 2022 - Economy

Hyundai and Kia recall nearly 485,000 vehicles due to fire risk

Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs are displayed at a Hyundai dealership on April 7, 2017 in Colma, California.

A Hyundai dealership. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Hyundai and Kia are advising owners of close to 485,000 vehicles in the U.S. to park outside and away from buildings due to a risk of fire.

Driving the news: The South Korean automakers issued separate recalls after identifying "an increasing risk of an engine compartment fire" that could happen "even if the vehicle is turned off," per a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statement Tuesday.

  • "Although the cause remains unknown, the manufacturers believe an electrical component in the anti-lock brake system may experience an internal electrical short circuit that could increase the risk of fire both while the vehicle is being driven or parked," the NHTSA added.
  • There have been 11 reports of fires, but no reports of injuries, according to the automakers.

By the numbers: Hyundai's recall affects some 357,830 vehicles, including certain 2016-2018 model year Santa Fe SUVs, 2017-2018 Santa Fe Sport SUVs, 2019 Santa Fe XL vehicles and 2014-2015 Tucson SUVs.

  • Its affiliate Kia is recalling 2016-2018 K900 sedans and 2014-2016 Sportage SUVs. In all, 126,747 of the company's vehicles are affected.

What's next: "Kia and Hyundai will notify owners by mail with instructions to bring their vehicles to a Kia or Hyundai dealer for a free repair," the NHTSA said.

  • "Dealers will install a fuse designed to mitigate the risk of fire."

The big picture: The NHTSA in 2019 opened an investigation into earlier Kia and Hyundai engine fires.

  • In November 2020, the agency announced that it was fining the automakers $137 million for not recalling cars with potentially faulty engines quickly enough.
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