Hyundai, Kia Recall 92K Cars

Carmakers would like owners to park vehicles outside due to fire risk
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 3, 2023 8:44 AM CDT
There's a New Fire Risk for Some Hyundai, Kia Owners
A line of 2022 Santa Fe SUV's sit outside a Hyundai dealership Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Littleton, Colo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Hyundai and Kia are telling the owners of nearly 92,000 vehicles in the US to park them outside because an electronic controller in an oil pump can overheat and cause fires. The affiliated Korean automakers are recalling the vehicles and also are telling owners to park them away from structures until repairs are made, per the AP. The recalls cover certain 2023 and 2024 Hyundai Palisades, as well some 2023 Tucson, Sonata, Elantra, and Kona vehicles. Affected Kias include the 2023 Soul and Sportage, as well as some 2023 and 2024 Seltos vehicles.

The companies say in documents posted Thursday by US safety regulators that a capacitor on a circuit board in the oil pump assembly for the transmission may have been damaged by the supplier during manufacturing. That can cause a short-circuit and increase the risk of a fire. Kia says it has six reports of melting components but no fires or injuries. Hyundai says it has confirmed four "thermal incidents" and no injuries. Dealers will inspect and replace the oil pump controller if necessary. Hyundai owners will be notified by letter on Sept. 25. Kia will notify owners starting Sept. 28. (This is just the latest in a string of fire issues for the two companies.)

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