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Hyundai and Kia Electrical Malfunction Prompts Recall Expansion

An electrical issue in Hyundai and Kia vehicles, which causes the cars to catch fire, has prompted the manufacturer to expand an existing recall and order owners to park their vehicles outside to avoid injury.

In September 2020, the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group recalled 150,000 Santa Fe SUVs and quickly expanded the recall to include 180,000 Hyundai Tucsons. The recall focused specifically on vehicles with 2019-2021 model years.

According to a report on the recall from WSB-TV 2 Atlanta, “The company said corrosion can cause a short circuit in defective anti-lock brake circuit boards that can cause a fire even if engines are off. It recommends owners park vehicles outside to avoid potential fires in garages and enclosed spaces.” The company also advised consumers to stop driving the recalled vehicles and disconnect the battery’s positive cable if the anti-lock brake light is displayed.

There have been reports of 12 fires caused by the defect, but no people were injured. Additionally, 6 fires caused by 2019 Kia Stingers were reported. The Kia Stinger fires occurred while the vehicles were in motion. However, the company is advising owners of all vehicles with this defect to park their cars outside.

On September 3, an unrelated recall of over 600,000 cars was ordered by regulatory agencies. The recall applied to 2013-2015 Kia Optima models, 2014-2015 Kia Sorento models, and 2013-2015 Hyundai Santa Fe models.

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