Hyundai and Kia to recall more than 91,000 vehicles in the US due to fire risks

About 52,000 Hyundais and nearly 40,000 Kias are covered under the recall

Korean car makers Hyundai and Kia tell owners to park them outside because an electronic controller in an oil pump can overheat and cause fires. AP
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Hyundai Motor and Kia said on Thursday they are recalling more than 91,000 newer vehicles in the US because of fire risks and urged owners to park outside and away from structures pending repairs.

The recall covers Hyundai 2023-2024 Palisade and 2023 Tucson, Sonata, Elantra and Kona vehicles. It also covers 2023-2024 Kia Seltos and 2023 Kia Soul and Kia Sportage vehicles. About 52,000 Hyundais and nearly 40,000 Kias are covered under the recall.

The Korean car makers said electronic controllers for the Idle Stop & Go oil pump assembly may contain damaged electrical components that can cause the pump to overheat. Owners will be notified in late September and dealers will inspect and replace the electric oil pump controller as needed.

Kia said it has six reports of potentially related thermal events but no accidents or injuries while Hyundai has four similar reports. The car makers told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a suspect part was eliminated from production in March.

Hyundai told dealers a rental car should be provided to customers who do not feel safe driving their vehicle until a recall fix is available. Hyundai said if owners report a burning/melting odour, they should have the vehicle towed to the nearest Hyundai dealer and do not attempt to drive.

In addition to the fire risk, heat damage could trigger a short circuit, affecting other onboard vehicle controllers, Hyundai said.

Hyundai said in December it received a report of a 2023 Hyundai Palisade vehicle exhibiting heat damage on the wire harness/connector of the electric oil pump, prompting the car maker to open an investigation.

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

Updated: August 04, 2023, 4:48 AM