Park your 2010–15 Hyundai or Kia outside

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Hyundai and Kia have issued “park outside” recalls for more than 3.3 million vehicles due to the risk of fire.

“Until these recalled vehicles have been repaired, the manufacturers say the safest place to park them is outside and away from homes and other structures. Fires can occur whether the vehicle is parked and turned off or while driving,” NHTSA says.

About 1.64 million Hyundai and Genesis vehicles (made before Genesis became a separate brand) affected under recall 23V-651000 are: 2012–2015 Accent, 2012–2015 Azera, 2011–2015 Elantra, 2013–2015 Elantra Coupe, 2014–2015 Equus, 2011–2015 Genesis Coupe, 2013–2015 Santa Fe, 2013 Santa Fe Sport, 2011–2015 Sonata HEV, 2010–2013 Tucson, 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell, 2012–2015 Veloster and 2010–2012 Veracruz.

About 1.73 million Kias are affected under recall 23V-652000 are: 2014–2016 Cadenza, 2011–2013 Forte/Forte Koup, 2015–2017 K900, 2010–2015 Optima, 2011–2013 Optima Hybrid, 2011–2017 Rio, 2010 Rondo, 2011–2014 Sorento, 2011–2013 Soul, and 2010–2013 Sportage.

The vehicle’s antilock brake system module could leak brake fluid internally and cause an electrical short. An electrical short could result in significant overcurrent in the ABS module, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire while driving or parked. Hyundai plans to notify owners to bring their vehicles to the nearest dealership to replace the ABS module fuse. Kia is still working on a remedy.

Hyundai says there have been 21 related vehicle fires in the United States as well as 22 thermal incidents, including visible smoke, burning, and melting. Kia knows of one engine compartment fire, three fires in the unit, and six instances of melting components.

2013 Kia Forte fire risk recall

Vehicle owners can visit and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle falls under either recall. If it is, vehicle owners should call their nearest dealership immediately to schedule a free repair when one is available. The Hyundai repair does not appear to address an actual brake fluid leak but only the ABS fuse that prevents a fire after a leak occurs.





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    This is at least the 3rd recall for the same issue. First one they “inspected” the system and checked current draw – absolute total waste of time and energy.
    The second recall the dealer was SUPPOSED to replace the hybrid fuse assembly (basically a plug in “compound fuse” that contained about 15 fuses) with a unit that had replaceable fuses for the ABS system – of a lower amperage than the original. When I called to make the appointment for the secamd recall at Waterloo Kia I asked if they had the part in stock. What part?? was the reply. The recall notice CLEARLY stated the dealer would replace the fuse with an updated unit – yet the parts and service departments were both totally unaware of what the recall entailed. I told them in no uncertain terms to ORDER THE D@MNED THING and let me know when it was in. Good possibility mine was the only one that got replaced in Waterloo – definitely WAS the FIRST one. If so, no wonder there is a THIRD recall!!!

    Love the car. Absolutely HATE the dealership (for more reasons than just this one). When I was service manager 30 years ago that kind of crap would have gotten me fired – and I’m sure 3 year retention rates of over 60% for a dealer service department today are just a pipe dream – muchless over 85%

    Guess I won’t see ya in a Kia. Most from those years get stolen here in Minneapolis. Now its over one an hour! The gang responsible for a lot of it calls themselves the ‘Kia Boys.’ No worries–they never park in a garage!!!

    So why do we think so highly about Hyundai/Kia quality? This and EcoBurst Ford motors are a thing to stay away from.

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