Hyundai and Kia have announced recalls over the last few months about possible engine fires, and now automakers have two new recalls to announce.
Hyundai and Kia have issued recalls covering around 500,000 vehicles. There are two distinct causes involved here, and although they may both cause engine fires, the flaws in question are different. Let's take a look at each one:
Remember the first: overheating of the catalytic converter
The first reminder concerns only Kia vehicles. In this case, Kia recalled about 379,000 copies of the 2012-2016 Soul, all equipped with 1.6-liter direct injection petrol engines.
The problem in this case comes from the catalytic converter, which uses precious metals to help reduce pollutants in exhaust emissions. Excessive exhaust temperatures can damage the converter, allowing particles to enter the combustion chamber and create an abnormal combustion scenario. If this abnormal combustion continues, the piston rods could be damaged, resulting in a fracture of the engine block and oil leakage, which could lead to engine fire.
Kia technicians will inspect each recalled vehicle at the dealership. To prevent overheating of the converter, technicians will upgrade the associated computer software. If the catalytic converter shows signs of damage, it will be replaced. If the engine itself shows signs of damage, it can also be replaced. Kia will also reimburse the owners who have executed these remedies prior to the announcement of the recall.
Remember the second: oil sump leaks
Hyundai and Kia are both involved in this recall. This includes approximately 32,000 copies of the 2011-2012 Kia Sportage and approximately 120,000 copies of the 2011-2013 Hyundai Tucson. The recall concerns models equipped with a 2.4-liter I4 gasoline engine.
This time, the oil pan is to blame. According to the recall documents, the oil containers in question may have been inadequately sealed during assembly, which would allow them to leak. Unsuspecting owners can drive these leaking cars for long periods of time without monitoring oil levels, and low levels of oil can damage the engine. Oil leaks can also increase the risk of fire engine. In addition, if the engine falls at full speed, it could increase the risk of an accident.
Automakers have solved the problem on the assembly line, but they are still working on fixes for vehicles currently on the road. This will likely involve replacing the oil sump or sealing. Hyundai and Kia will reimburse owners who have already paid an appeal before the recall is announced.
Previous reminders and other fire engine problems
The oil pan recall actually came from an investigation of other Hyundai recalls. While NHTSA was investigating Hyundai's "speed and scope" with regard to engine recalls for Sonata and Santa Fe, it informed Hyundai that it had found a number of inquiries to be made. blockage and fire compensation for the Hyundai Tucson. Hyundai did its own research and found a trend that eventually turned into a reminder.
Hyundai and Kia have been in the news for similar issues for months. Last October, the Center for Auto Safetynot to go far enough in solving vehicle fire problems on some 3 million vehicles. He drew the attention of the US Senate, which invited automakers to testify before a Senate committee, but .
In early January, Hyundai and Kiaon the engine fire concerns. The vehicles involved in this recall had previously been recalled for problems that resulted in the replacement of the engine, but this replacement could have damaged some parts and caused another engine fire.