POPULAR car manufacturers have recalled millions of vehicles as the brands warn drivers of deadly fire risks.
In addition to recalling nearly 3.5 million cars in the U.S., automakers Hyundai and Kia are also urging car owners to park outside because of the risk of engine fires.
The recalls affect several car and SUV models from the 2010 to 2019 model years, including Hyundai’s Santa Fe SUV and Kia’s Sorrento SUV, AP News reported.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released documents this week explaining that cars’ antilock brake control modules can leak fluid and cause an electrical short.
This can cause a fire while the vehicles are parked or driven.
For this reason, car brands warn their owners to park outside and away from structures until repairs are completed.
The serious problem has prompted automakers to require dealers to replace the anti-lock brake system fuse at no cost to owners.
According to AP News, Kia said it will send notification letters to owners starting November 14.
For Hyundai the date is November 21st.
Kia reported 10 fires and meltdown incidents, while Hyundai reported 21 fires in the US
Hyundai experienced another 22 “thermal incidents,” including smoke, burning and parts melting.
Owners will be allowed to continue driving the vehicles, Hyundai said in a statement.
The automaker also noted that no accidents or injuries were reported.
Hyundai made it clear that it is only conducting the recall to ensure the safety of its customers.
Apparently, an O-ring in the shaft of the brand’s anti-lock brake motor can lose its seal over time because moisture, dirt and dissolved metals can build up in the brake fluid and cause leaks.
The statement states that the new fuse limits the operating current of the brake module.
In connection with Kia’s problem, the car manufacturer stated that a fire could occur in the engine compartment in the area of the brake control unit.
This is due to an electrical short circuit that results in excessive current.
Kia’s statement said the exact cause of the short circuit was unknown, but there were no accidents or injuries.