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Automaker Scrambling, Millions Of Cars Recalled, Vehicle Could Catch Fire

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into a series of recalls affecting 6.4 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles due to concerns about brake fluid leaks that could potentially result in fires. The safety regulator’s audit query will cover 16 separate recalls dating back to 2016, all related to antilock braking system and Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) issues manufactured by the same parts supplier, which have been linked to instances of fires.

The NHTSA’s investigation will focus on evaluating the timeliness of decision-making by the Korean automakers regarding the defects and their adherence to reporting requirements. Additionally, the safety regulator will examine the varying defect descriptions and remedies provided in these recalls. The NHTSA can issue an audit query if it deems the completion rate of the manufacturer’s recall to be low.

In September, Hyundai and Kia jointly recalled 3.37 million vehicles in the United States due to concerns about internal brake fluid leaks leading to electrical shorts and potential fires. Hyundai’s recall covered various models, including Elantra, Genesis Coupe, Sonata Hybrid, Accent, Azera, Veloster, Santa Fe, Equus, Veracruz, Tucson, Tucson Fuel Cell, and Santa Fe Sport. Kia’s recall included models such as Borrego, Cadenza, Forte, Sportage, K900, Optima, Soul Rio, Sorento, and Rondo.

As of September, Hyundai reported 42 recall-related incidents since 2017, with no associated crashes, injuries, or fatalities. Kia confirmed one engine compartment fire in September, along with three localized fires and six instances of localized melting, all without reported crashes, injuries, or fatalities. The remedy for these recalls involves dealers replacing the ABS and HECU fuses in the affected vehicles. The NHTSA’s investigation seeks to comprehensively assess the circumstances surrounding these recalls and their subsequent actions.

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