“Hyundai Recalls 91,000 Vehicles Over Fire Risk Concerns”

Hyundai and Kia Recall Nearly 92,000 US Vehicles Due to Transmission Oil Pump Fire Risk

Hyundai and Kia have initiated a recall affecting approximately 92,000 vehicles in the United States, stemming from a concern related to an electrical component within a transmission oil pump that could lead to overheating. The car manufacturers have advised owners of these vehicles to park them outside and away from structures until inspections are carried out.

This recall is the latest in a series of fire-related recalls involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles over recent years. Kia has reported six instances of “thermal incidents,” but without any reported crashes or injuries. Similarly, Hyundai has noted four comparable reports with no associated crashes, injuries, or fatalities due to this issue.

Beyond the fire risk, the heat-induced damage could result in a short circuit affecting other vehicle controllers, according to Hyundai. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recommended owners to park their vehicles outside and away from buildings until the recall repairs are completed.

The recall process is expected to commence in late September, with vehicle owners receiving notifications. Dealers will then inspect and replace the electric oil pump controller as necessary. Notably, the suspected faulty component was removed from production in March.

The recall affects the following models:

Recalled Hyundai vehicles:

  • 2023 Elantra
  • 2023 Kona
  • 2023 Sonata
  • 2023 Tucson
  • 2023-2024 Palisade

Recalled Kia vehicles:

  • 2023 Soul
  • 2023 Sportage
  • 2023-2024 Seltos

Separately, back in March, the NHTSA highlighted recalls for over 570,000 Hyundai and Kia vehicles, advising owners to park these vehicles outside and away from structures due to potential electrical issues that could trigger fires when the vehicles tow trailers.

Earlier this year, Hyundai recalled more than 13,500 vehicles in Australia due to an engine fault that could lead to fires. It’s worth noting that Hyundai and Kia operate as separate entities but are part of Hyundai Motor Group, sharing various components.

Both carmakers have also faced an increase in vehicle thefts. In response to viral TikTok videos demonstrating how to easily steal their cars, Kia and Hyundai provided car owners with steering wheel locks and software upgrades. The “Kia Boyz” trend, popularized on TikTok, showed thieves breaking into vehicles and taking them for joyrides.

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