Hyundai and Kia recall 92,000 cars and owners told to park away from buildings

Hyundai and Kia are recalling almost 92,000 of their newer cars in the US because of fire risks.

Owners have been urged to park outside and away from structures until repairs had been carried out.

Hyundai Motor Group, a Korean firm which owns both car brands, said the fire risk is linked to an issue with an electrical component in a transmission oil pump that could overheat.

The models being recalled are Hyundai 2023-2024 Palisade; 2023 Tucson, Sonata, Elantra, and Kona vehicles; 2023-2024 Seltos; and 2023 Kia Soul and Sportage vehicles.

The recall affects about 52,000 Hyundai vehicles and nearly 40,000 Kias.

Kia said it has had six reports of potential overheating-related issues but no accidents or injuries, while Hyundai had four similar reports.

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted in late September and dealers will inspect and replace the electric oil pump controller if needed.

In the meantime, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advised them to ‘park outside and away from structures’.

Hyundai said if owners notice a burning or melting smell they should have their car towed to the nearest Hyundai dealer and not try to drive it.

They also told dealers a rental vehicle should be provided to drivers who do not feel safe using their car until it was fixed.

As well as being a fire risk, heat damage could trigger a short circuit impacting other controllers in the car, Hyundai said.

Hyundai received a report in December about a 2023 Hyundai Palisade vehicle showing heat damage on the wire harness/connector of the electric oil pump, prompting the firm to open an investigation.

Kia said it received a report in June of melting in a 2023 Soul.

Hyundai in the UK told no cars were being recalled in the UK as the issue does not affect any of its vehicles.

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