Hyundai and Kia recall 591 thousand cars in the USASeptember 4, 2020
2015 and older Kia Optima, Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe may suffer from brake fluid leaks, which can cause a short circuit and fire.
Hyundai and Kia have announced a recall of 591,000 vehicles produced between 2013 and 2015 to address a brake fluid leak problem in the anti-lock brake system hydraulic control unit.
The problem was first reported in 2018. Hyundai noted that the engine can catch fire even if the car is not turned on.
The recall campaign included 440,370 Kia vehicles, including 283,803 Optima from 2013–2015 and 156,567 Sorento SUVs from 2014 and 2015, as well as 151,000 Hyundai Santa Fe 2013–2015 model years.
Earlier in 2020, Hyundai recalled the 2006–2011 Elantra and 2007–2011 Elantra Touring vehicles due to another electrical short due to water entering the ABS computer unit, again increasing the likelihood of an engine fire.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating Korean automakers since April 2019 in connection with complaints of over 3,000 non-accident engine fires.
Owners of these Kia or Hyundai car models can check the NHTSA recall website to see if their vehicle has been damaged. Kia owners will be notified of the recall starting October 15, and Hyundai owners will receive their emails a week later. Dealers will replace any found defective hydraulic electronic control units free of charge.
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