Hyundai and Kia are initiating a recall of more than 3.3 million vehicles due to a potential fire hazard in the engine compartments. Owners are advised to park their vehicles away from structures until they can have them repaired at a dealership for free.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a warning, stating that fires could occur whether the vehicle is parked and turned off or while driving. The risk is associated with a leak in the anti-lock brake system for 13 Hyundai models and the hydraulic electronic control unit for 10 Kia models.
Approximately 1.6 million Hyundai vehicles and 1.7 million Kia vehicles are included in the recall. To determine if your vehicle is affected, you can check NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN).
To date, there have been 21 fires linked to the Hyundai recall, along with 22 "thermal incidents" involving visible smoke, burning, and melting. In the case of Kia, there have been four fires and six thermal incidents. Fortunately, no crashes, injuries, or deaths have been reported in connection with these recalls, according to the NHTSA.