Hyundai and Kia Recall Millions of Vehicles Over Fire Risk Concerns

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In a move underscored by safety concerns, heavyweights of the automobile industry, Hyundai and Kia, have announced recalls for a multitude of their vehicle models. The reason behind the unsettling decision is a risk they’ve identified, that could potentially result in fire outbreak. As a precautionary measure, the companies are enjoining drivers to adopt the practice of parking their vehicles at a safe distance from buildings.

The recall, according to Hyundai, comprises 326,942 automobiles in the frosty expanses of Canada and a whopping 1,642,551 units in the United States. Impacted vehicles hailing from production years 2010 to 2015 include numerous household names such as the Accent, Elantra, Tucson and Santa Fe, among others.

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At the epicentre of the concern is the vehicles’ Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS). The risk emanates from a possibility of brake fluid leakage that could, over time, culminate into an electrical short. The resultant deficiency could trigger a fire, regardless of whether the vehicle is in motion or parked.

In a communiqué to CTVNews.ca, Hyundai clarified that, as yet, there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities linked to the identified issue.

The recall, however, doesn’t stop at Hyundai. Sister company, Kia, has followed suit, encompassing several models like the Optima, Forte, Soul, Sportage, and Rio produced between 2010 to 2017. The risk, in this case, is ascribed to a short circuit in the brakes. Kia’s recall, the company confirmed, impacts 276,225 vehicles in Canada. Owners of these vehicles have been advised by the company to preferably park their cars outdoors.

While anxieties may understandably be at a high, Hyundai has assured drivers can continue their commute in the recalled vehicles. They, however, stress the need for the affected vehicles to be stationed outside buildings, a warning stemming from the risk of a potential fire outbreak.

Affected owners are being instructed to take their vehicles to dedicated dealerships for thorough inspections, and where applicable, necessary replacements. Hyundai anticipates being in touch with the relevant car owners by mid-November.

Vehicle owners wondering about the status of their vehicle in the recall can sift through the recall database. All they need is their vehicle identification number (VIN) to determine whether their automobile stands implicated.