Hyundai and Kia have recalled over 483,000 cars and SUVs due to a fire hazard.
The recalled vehicles include:
2016-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe 2017-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL 2014-2015 Hyundai Tucson 2014-2016 Kia Sportage SUVs 2016-2018 Kia K900 sedan
Anyone who owns one of these cars should park outdoors and away from buildings.
The problem: A possible defect can cause the cars to spontaneously catch fire, even when they’re not running. The defective part is the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), which is part of the anti-lock braking system (ABS). Drivers may notice some warning signs of an issue. The ABS light on the dashboard may light up, or a burning smell and smoke may come from the engine.
The fix: Owners can bring their car to a dealership to be fixed for free. Dealers will inspect the anti-lock braking control module, a small computer system that controls the vehicle’s emergency anti-lock braking system, and may replace it with a new one. Dealers will also replace a fuse that controls the electric current to the anti-lock braking control unit. The new fuse will reduce the amount of power going into the module, which reduces the risk of a fire.
How to contact the manufacturer: Owners will be contacted via mail starting in March. Owners may call Hyundai at 855-371-9460, and Kia at 800-333-4542.
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