Kia and Hyundai have announced similar recalls of up to 168,000 vehicles. On Wednesday, January 16th, Kia recalled 68,000 vehicles due to concerns over potential engine fires. Included in the Kia recall are 50,000 Kia Optimas, 17,000 Kia Sorentos, and 1,0000 Kia Sportages. Hyundai has recalled 100,000 2011 through 2014 Hyundai Sonatas and 2013 through 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sports.
This is a second round of recalls, following an original engine recall in 2015. This new round of recalls calls for the possible replacement of the high-pressure fuel tube that connects to the engine. During the first recall, it is possible that the fuel tube was not properly installed or torqued, which could lead to a fuel leak and subsequent engine fire.
According to The Center for Auto Safety, 250 Kia and Hyundai fires have been reported across 43 states.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating both Kia and Hyundai to decide whether or not the original engine recalls covered all affected vehicles.
If you or a loved one have experienced injury or death due to a defective Kia or Hyundai engine complications and/or fire, you may be eligible to file a claim. Attorneys at Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. are currently investigating claims and are here to help you. We are currently accepting cases. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. 770-820-0711-CALL-KEN.
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