Hyundai and Kia recall more than 600,000 vehicles at risk of fire

Hyundai and Kia are recalling about 591,000 vehicles in the United States due to brake-fluid leakage.

A recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that brake fluid may have leaked internally inside the Hydraulic Electronic Control ECU (HECU), over time, due to a suspected supplier quality deviation problem. , Can trigger an electrical short. The risk of a fire in the engine compartment increases when driving in an electrical short at HECU – and Hyundai has said that the engine could also catch fire if the car does not turn on.

The vehicles included in the recall are 2013-2015 Kia Optima models, totaling 283,803 vehicles. The recall includes 156,567 Kia Sorrentos from 2014 and 2015, and 151,000 Hyundai Santa Fe models from the 2013-2015 model years.

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Kia states that all owners of the subject vehicles will be notified by first class mail with instructions to bring their vehicles to a Kia or Hyundai dealership. Once the vehicles are in workshops, the dealership will inspect the HECU for leaking brake fluid and if they find one, the HECU will be replaced with a new one. Kia will reimburse the owners for the repair costs.

This is not the first time that Hyundai or Kia have recalled this nature. Earlier this year, Hyundai recalled 2006-2011 Allantra and 2007-2011 Allantra Touring vehicles due to another electrical short-circuit issue involving water in the ABS computer unit, something that caused the engine to fire Chances also increased.