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Mon Oct 15, 2018, 04:38 AM

Auto Safety Group Demands Mass Kia And Hyundai Recall Over Vehicle Fires

The Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit auto safety group, is demanding a recall of 2.9 million Hyundai and Kia cars and SUVs due to widespread reports of the vehicles catching fire.

In a statement on Friday, the group said there had been more than 220 complaints about fires since 2010, and 200 more complaints about melted wires and smoke, the AP reported. The affected vehicles include the 2011-’14 Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe, and the 2010-’15 Kia Soul models.

“Since our call for an investigation into these Kia and Hyundai non-collision fires, we have seen reports of almost one fire every single day across these five models,” Jason Levine, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety said in a statement. “The number and severity of these complaints, when people are simply driving their cars on the highway, is frightening. It is long past time for Kia and Hyundai to act. Car fires put everyone on the road in significant danger.”

The fires are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of an expanded examination of Hyundai and Kia engine failures.


Read more: http://fortune.com/2018/10/14/kia-hyundai-demand-for-recall/



A sign with the Hyundai logo displayed at a Hyundai dealership on April 7, 2017 in San Leandro, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Justin Sullivan Getty Images

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Mon Oct 15, 2018, 07:03 AM

1. thought this might be the AC blower motor/relay problem

the dealer wants $700-1,200 to repair. seems to be a common problem with the Soul. less than $100 for parts, rest labor for under dash location.

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Mon Oct 15, 2018, 07:13 AM

2. Wow, that really sucks! If it's a pervasive problem, the automaker needs to be responsible.

It seems like they're more recalls every day. I don't remember that there used to be so many - and across the board of brands and types of vehicles. My Pontiac was one of the last in the GM ignition recall. I thought I'd dodged a bullet until I spent several hours waiting at a gas station on a Friday night waiting for AAA to tow my car to the dealership. The company needs to be held responsible.

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Mon Oct 15, 2018, 01:10 PM

3. I don't know if it has started any fires,

but there is a short going on for sure. Sometimes I can smell the melting plastic. Of course it is very intermittent (and usually on a really hot day when I NEED the AC) so they couldn't even really look without a huge labor charge. I figured out I could get it started by banging on the console by the gas pedal just fine so will continue that until it finally quits altogether. By then it will be old enough I may try the repair myself. Plenty of You Tube vids out there. LOL

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