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Kia, Hyundai expand U.S. engine fire recalls by 534,000 vehicles

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Kia said it is withdrawing 378,000 Kia Soul 2012–2016 cars due to engine damage and fire risk, while Hyundai and Kia are taking off 155,000 Tucson cars 2011–2013 and Sportage 2011–2012 due to possible leaks oil pan in a separate callback.

Last month, companies said they would withdraw 168,000 cars due to fire hazards.

Since 2015, South Korean automakers have recalled more than 2.3 million vehicles to eliminate the various risks of engine ignition in a series of reviews.

In November 2018, Reuters reported that federal prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into Hyundai and Kia to determine if vehicle reviews related to engine malfunctions were conducted correctly. Companies declined to comment on the study.

In May 2017, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a formal investigation into the recall of about 1.7 million Hyundai and Kia cars due to engine defects.

Hyundai said it met with NHTSA in December 2018 to discuss the company's analysis, and the agency said the company "expects Hyundai to issue a safety recall” 2011-2013 Hyundai Tucson.

According to the companies, there are no reports of accidents or injuries related to any new recall.

According to Kia, one new reminder on Thursday was caused by high exhaust gas temperatures that could damage the catalytic converter and possibly other parts. Dealers will upgrade software to prevent overheating of the catalytic converter.

Reuters reported in January that companies will offer software updates for 3.7 million vehicles that are not subject to recall. Automakers have said that the software update is aimed at protecting vehicles from internal damage, and they will also offer new extended warranties for engine problems.

A South Korean informant in 2016 reported a problem at NHTSA, which checked the timeliness of the three US reviews and whether they covered enough vehicles.

In 2015, Hyundai recalled 470,000 American Sonata sedans, saying that engine failure would cause the vehicle to stop, increasing the risk of an accident. At that time, Kia did not recall its cars, which use the same "Theta II” engines.

In March 2017, Hyundai expanded its initial US recall to 572,000 Sonata and Santa Fe Sport vehicles powered by Theta II engines, citing the same problem with industrial waste.
On the same day, Kia also recalled 618,000 Optima, Sorento and Sportage vehicles, each of which uses the same engine.

On Wednesday, the Car Security Center, which had requested NHTSA to withdraw additional vehicles, told Congress that Kia and Hyundai should withdraw more cars at risk of fire after reports of 300 fires that were not the result of a collision.



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