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Hyundai, Kia Recall Expands Due to Risk of Engine Fires

Last month, Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor Co. announced a recall for 168,000 vehicles due to engine fire risks. Now, they’ve expanded the fire-risk recall to include an additional 378,000 vehicles.

The expansion of this recall brings the total number of recalled vehicles to almost 2.4 million in the past four years. One of the recalls, which encompassed 1.6 million vehicles that were at-risk of engine stalling, prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to open an investigation into Hyundai-Kia in 2017. Through this investigation, the NHTSA aimed to determine whether the recall had been issued in a timely manner. In 2018, they expanded their investigation after receiving over 550 submitted complaints about fires and fire-collisions.

The vehicles affected by the Feb. 28, 2019 recall include:
– 1.6-liter engine Kia Soul SUVs (2012-2016)
– Hyundai Tucson SUVs (2011-2013)
– Kia Sportage SUVs (2011-2012)

The vehicles affected by the January’s recall include:
– Kia Optima Sedan (2011-2014)
– Kia Sorento SUVs (2012-2014)
– Kia Sportage SUVs (2011-2013)
– Hyundai Sonatas (2011-2014)
– Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (2013-2014)

The Center for Auto Safety has been vocal in its criticism of Hyundai-Kia’s delay in issuing and expanding the recall. In a letter submitted to legislators on Feb. 27, the center demanded Hyundai-Kia be held legally responsible for their failure to do so: “the Center for Auto Safety urges Congress to investigate why Kia and Hyundai have refused to fully address this dangerous defect and why the political leadership of the agency responsible for overseeing highway and traffic safety has allowed such continued malfeasance.”

If you are the owner of a recalled Hyundai-Kia vehicle and have been injured as a result of this product defect, consider contacting the attorneys at D’Arcy Johnson Day for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. You can submit a free legal consultation form online, call the office at (609) 641-6200, or request more information at info@djdlawyers.com.

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