Kia recalling 295,000 vehicles due to engine fire risk

DETROIT – Kia is recalling about 295,000 vehicles in the US because engines may stall or catch fire.

Kia and affiliated Korean automaker Hyundai are recalled by the US government exactly one week after they were convicted for alleged delayed recall.

The recall covers certain 2012 and 2013 Sorrento SUVs, through 2012 through the 2015 Forrest and Fort Caup cars, and in 2011 through the Optima Hybrid cars. Also included are 2014 and 2015 Soul SUVs and 2012 Sport SUVs.

Kia says in documents posted by the US government on Saturday that no construction defects have been found, but it is recalling the vehicles to reduce any risk of fire.

Providing 130,000 vehicles for Hyundai’s potential engine failure

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled the Kia and Hyundai’s engines in 2019 after starting an investigation into a fire. The agency began the investigation following a petition by the non-profit center for auto safety. When the investigation began, the agency said it had complaints of more than 3,100 fires, 103 injuries and one death.

Kia will notify owners starting 27 January. Dealers will inspect engines for fuel or oil leaks and replace them if necessary. The company is also developing knock sensor software updates.

Last week, NHTSA announced that Kia and Hyundai would have to pay $ 137 million for fines and safety improvements as they moved too slowly to recall more than 1 million vehicles with engines that could fail Huh. The fine resolves a three-year government inquiry into the behavior of companies reminding them of several models for the 2011 model year.

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Kia should pay $ 27 million and invest $ 16 million on safety performance measures. NHTSA said another payment of $ 27 million would be deferred until Kia met the security conditions.

Kia denied the US allegations but said she wanted to avoid a protracted legal battle.

Engine failure and fire problems with Hyundai and KIS have plagued companies for more than five years.

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