Kia, Hyundai recalling over 500,000 cars for engine issues

Kia, Hyundai recalling over 500,000 cars for engine issues

Kia, Hyundai recalling over 500,000 cars for engine issues

Kia and Hyundai are recalling more than half a million vehicles in the United States due to engine fire risks.

In May 2017, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a formal investigation into the recalls of almost 1.7 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles over engine defects. That can cause abnormal combustion and damage pistons and connecting rods. If the leakage isn't fixed, the loss of oil may result in engine damage.

Autonews reports that the two automakers are recalling 378,000 examples of the 2012-2016 Kia Soul and 155,000 2011-2013 Tucson and 2011-2012 Sportage vehicles.

Documents show that Kia had been investigating fires in Souls after the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety petitioned the government to look into the fires a year ago. The engines feature leaking oil pans that can reduce the engine's oil level to cause the engine to stall, damage the engine, or worst case scenario, cause a fire to break out. Letters will be mailed to owners starting April 12.

The remedy for the issue is not complete and Hyundai will notify owners accordingly when it has a solution for the leaking oil pans in the 2.4-liter engines, according to the documents. Kia spokesman James Bell said he would check into the other models.

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A NHTSA spokeswoman said the agency has communicated with both automakers since the government reopened.

Documents in the latest round of recalls don't mention whether there have been any fires or injuries.

On Wednesday, the Center for Auto Safety, which has petitioned NHTSA to demand the recall of additional vehicles, told Congress that Kia and Hyundai must recall more vehicles at risk of fires after reports of 300 fires that were not the result of a collision.

Reuters reported in January that the companies would offer software upgrades for 3.7 million vehicles not being recalled.

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