NHTSA expands fire investigation into Hyundai and Kia enginesApril 4, 2019
The safety regulator claims that over 3,000 fires and more than 100 fire injuries have now been reported. In this regard, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded the investigation.
It should be noted that Korean companies have already announced a few reviews, within which about 740,000 cars were withdrawn, which solved several different problems that, according to Hyundai and Kia experts, could have caused the fire.
Now the NHTSA investigation covers almost 2 million cars, some of which have already been included in the reviews. These include the 2011-2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata, the 2011-2014 Kia Optima and Sorento, and the Kia Soul, released in 2010-2015.
The American Center for Automotive Safety (CAS) notes that the problem is spreading very widely: “evidence says that Hyundai and Kia should have withdrawn these cars much earlier. We urge Kia and Hyundai to use this moment to find out the cause of these fires, instead of pretending that engine problems can be fixed by replacing knock sensors. ” Relevant petition sent to NHTSA.
The leadership of both Hyundai and Kia last year promised to deal with the problem in collaboration with federal agencies. Nevertheless, representatives of the brands claimed that Hyundai and Kia had lower statistics on fires that did not arise as a result of an accident than most other automakers.
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