Following several reports of fire, nearly 485,000 vehicle owners are being told by Hyundai and Kia to park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures. Hyundai and Kia are warning that the vehicles can catch fire even if the engines have been turned off. The Hyundai vehicles affected by the recall include certain 2016-2018 Santa Fe SUVs, 2017-2018 Santa Fe Sports, the 2019 Santa Fe XL, and 2014 and 2015 Tucson SUVs. The affected Kia vehicles are certain 2014-2016 Kia Sportage SUVs and the 2016-2018 K900 sedan. The recalls come after the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration enhanced a series of investigations into engine compartment fires that have plagued the two automakers.
Over the past six years, Hyundai and Kia have encountered numerous problems related to fire and engine failure. The first recall was issued in September 2015, and since then, the automakers have issued more than 30 recalls in the United States for various engine-related issues. The recalls involve more than 20 models from the 2006-2021 model years, totaling over 8.4 million vehicles. Many of the recalls concerned manufacturing defects that prevented oil from flowing through the engine block. This time, the problem involves electrical shorts caused by contamination in the antilock brake control module.
While no injuries have been reported at this time, the automakers have received at least 11 reports of fires. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling (713) 222-7211. Abraham Watkins has experience in handling product liability claims and are ready to help. Call us today for your free consultation.