Since 2010, there has been 200 complaints about melted wires and more than 220 complaints about fires without collision, a report from The Center for Auto Safety says. Taking this into consideration, there has been a demand by a non-profit auto safety group, which has compelled Hyundai and Kia to immediately call back the 2.9 million cars and SUVs sold to its customers.
The complaints of catching fire came mainly from 2014 Kia Sorento and Optima and from Hyundai Sonata and Sonata Fe.
A strong investigation team has been set up by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find the root cause of the engine failures in Hyundai and Kia.
Hyundai and Kia both released their statements following this identification.
“An exhaustive study has confirmed that there is no defect trend outside of that identified in the related recalls causing non-collision fires in Hyundai vehicles.”
“KMA recognizes that customer safety is paramount and is committed to addressing every thermal incident. To quickly and effectively address these incidents… (we’ve hired) an independent senior fire expert.”
Both of their statements were released in an interview to Koco.com