Recall for certain Hyundai and Kia models are at risk of catching on fire. The NHTSA has released a news bulletin with a “park outdoors” order. This would apply to roughly 485,000 vehicles. They include the 2014-15 Hyundai Tucson, 2016-18 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2017-18 Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Santa Fe XL, 2014-16 Kia Sportage, and 2016-18 Kia K900.
Recall – Series of Investigations
Moreover, today’s recalls have come after U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has increased its series of investigations. This is into engine compartment firest. They have plagued the Korean automakers.
Vehicles Should Park Outside
In fact, owners of the vehicles have also listed the above vehicles which should park outside. It is away from the other vehicles and structures. Plus, for the time being, it does not matter. That is whether the car is on or off. Hyundai and Kia did believe there is a risk of fire either way. Therefore, Hyundai does say it is aware of fires which does related to this issue. However, there is no reported injuries or death as a result of them.
Fire Cause – Electrical Component
Hyundai and Kia, at this point, have not confirmed the fire cause. Therefore, the manufacturers do believe it is due to an electrical component in the anti-lock brake system. That “may experience an internal electrical short circuit. Moreover, it could increasing the risk of fire both while the vehicle is being driving or parking.”
The end result, if this occurs, could be an engine compartment fire. Moreover, all of the vehicles are part of this group. If they are being recalled and dealers are going to install a new fuse. It is not for the hydraulic electronic control unit circuit board. It is designing to mitigate the fire risk.
Owners of recalled vehicles should expect notification letters to be mailing out by March 31. Until the recall work can be completing, the recommendation is to park these affected vehicles outside. Hyundai says that warning signs for owners include the illumination of a dash warning light for the ABS system, a burning odor and smoke from the engine compartment.