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U.S. Senate panel wants Hyundai, Kia to testify on engine fire reports

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The request comes after security defenders raised concerns about fires on vehicles not involved in the collisions. The nonprofit consumer protection group of the Center for Auto Safety said last week that since June 12, 103 fire complaints have been filed in accordance with US safety requirements. He called for the immediate withdrawal of nearly 3 million vehicles.
Neither Hyundai nor Kia had any comments.

In May 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an agency of the US Department of Transportation, opened a formal inquiry into recalling nearly 1.7 million Hyundai and Kia cars for engine problems.

A South Korean informant in 2016 reported on issues related to NHTSA, which examines the timeliness of three reviews conducted in the United States and whether they cover a sufficient number of vehicles.
Senator Bill Nelson, the chief Democrat of the Committee on Trade, said that the death from a collision as a result of a fire last year was reported in 2014 by Kia Soul. "We need to understand what causes these fires,” Nelson said in a statement. "Car owners need to know if their vehicles are safe."

The letter to automakers was also signed by Senator John Tune, who heads the committee, said the hearing will also "consider efforts to mitigate fires in vehicles and promptly identify and respond to defects that could pose a risk to fire”, and invites Hyundai executives and US Kia units to testify or their designated person.

NHTSA spokeswoman did not immediately express her opinion.
In 2015, Hyundai recalled 470,000 Sonata sedans, stating that engine failure would result in the vehicle stopping, which would increase the risk of an accident. At that time, the Kia affiliate did not remember its vehicles, which had the same Theta II engines.

In March 2017, Hyundai expanded its original US title to 572,000 Sonata and Santa Fe cars powered by Theta II, citing the same problem as factory garbage, NHTSA reports.

On the same day, Kia also recalled 618,160 Optima, Sorento and Sportage cars - they all use the same engine.
The recall, which was also conducted in Canada and South Korea, cost the automakers about 360 billion won (319.30 million dollars).

In June, the Auto Safety Center filed a petition to investigate defects due to motor fires in Kia Optima and Sorento cars in 2011-2014, as well as Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe cars from the same model years.

In response, NHTSA said in August that most of the fires identified in the petition "appear to be related to engine failures,” covered by investigations launched in May 2017.




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