It is a well-known fact that the industrial manufacturing process of vehicles isn’t always “perfect”; it usually comes with one or two issues that sometimes require a recall to fix.
This is exactly the scenario that has currently hit the top two South Korean automakers – Kia and Hyundai as both companies issue a new recall for about 600,000 cars in the U.S over fire risk. The main identified issue is the possibility of brake-fluid leakage which in the long-run could cause a fire outbreak in affected units.
Fear of possible Brake-fluid leakage that can cause fire outbreak forces Kia and Hyundai to recall almost 600,000 cars in the U.S
According to the NHTSA, the new recall notice reveals that a suspected deviation issue with supplier quality is most likely causing internal brake fluid leakage withing the HECU (Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit) of the affected cars. This identified problem is feared to be capable of triggering an unexpected electrical short in the same HECU after a long time and this increases the possible risk of engine compartment catching fire on the motion.
To make matters worse, Hyundai on its own also went further to confirm that the issue could even lead to a possible engine fire while the affected vehicles are not in motion (not turned on).
The Kia and Hyundai’s new recall notice includes all 283,803 units of the 2013 to 2015 Kia Optima, 151,000 units of the 2013 to 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, and 156,567 units of the 2014 to 2015 Kia Sorento mid-size SUV models.
Both automakers reportedly claim that affected customers will be contacted via “first-class” emails with instructions on how to get a nearby dealership that will help fix the issue.
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To affirm this report, below is a press video confirming the news:
Video: Hyundai, Kia recall more than 591K vehicles for leaks that can cause fires