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Hyundai and Kia Issue Vehicle Recalls Due to Fire Risks

Hyundai and Kia have issued a recall for certain vehicle models, as they may start fires due to manufacturing problems.

Vehicle manufacturers Hyundai and Kia have recently issued a recall for various vehicles. They have cited issues surrounding brake systems as main factors in this decision. In Hyundai’s recall statement, they explained that there is a possibility of brake fluid leaking into the control module for the antilock brake system (ABS). This would cause the ABS to short circuit and become a fire hazard, even while the vehicle is turned off.

With Kia’s vehicles, a similar problem exists regarding brakes. In this case, the brake hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU) also has a chance of short-circuiting. Much like Hyundai’s vehicles, this is a fire risk that can happen even while the vehicle is turned off.

These statements also list the years and models of the vehicles that have these problems with their brakes. Hyundai and Kia have stated that owners of affected vehicles will be notified through mail of this recall. From there, vehicle owners will be given further info and directions to get the affected parts replaced.

In total, about 600,000 vehicles across Canada are affected. Hyundai confirms that the recall affects 326,942 vehicles, while Kia confirms 276,225 vehicles are involved on their side. Until these recalled vehicles can be handled appropriately, it is recommended that vehicle owners of these affected models park outside and away from buildings.

Despite the risk of fire, there have been “no crashes, injuries, or fatalities attributable to this condition,” according to Hyundai Canada’s information shared with CBC News.