Hyundai and Kia to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles Over Repeat Engine Debris Offense

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
hyundai and kia to recall 1 3 million vehicles over repeat engine debris offense

Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. have announced plans to recall 1.3 million vehicles in the United States and South Korea for engine defects that could result in stalling. While no automaker wants to face the possibility of a recall, Hyundai Motor Group is already facing a sales slump in both North America and Asia.

Having to waste millions on a recall that further brings the company’s ability to regulate quality into question is the last thing it needs. Last month, Hyundai recalled roughly one million cars seat for a faulty fastener that occasionally caused seat belts to detach in a crash.

For the Western market, the recall affects Kia’s Optima, Sorento and Sportage — while Hyundai will be recalling the Sonata sedan and Santa Fe crossover. The companies are only waiting for regulatory approval for the proposed fix. The 171,348 vehicles being recalled in South Korea seem to be suffering from a similar manufacturing problem as the American vehicles, which both result in engine stalling.

A Hyundai spokeswoman who spoke with Reuters said the latest recall is unrelated to the global recall of nearly 500,000 Sonatas in 2015, but South Korean government officials disagree.

recall is related to a manufacturing process problem, not the structural problem of Theta 2GDi engines and we have completed improvements through appropriate measures,” reads Hyundai’s official statement.

The South Korean ministry claims that metal debris surrounding the crankshaft of pre-August 2013 Theta 2 powerplants could cause damage, leading to lugging or stalling. That’s interesting, as Hyundai’s 2015 North American recall was also due to engine debris in the direct-injection motors.

In North America, the affected models include the 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Sonata, the 2011 through 2014 Kia Optima, 2011 to 2013 Kia Sportage SUVs, and the 2012 to 2014 Kia Sorento.

The recall of Korean cars begins on May 22nd, while American vehicles are eligible for repairs starting May 19th.

[Image: Hyundai Motor Group]

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Apr 10, 2017

    This affects my 13 Optima Hybrid, as it did my son's 11 Sonata. I'm grouchy. I already know two people whose engines blew up from this fault: one was the 2.4, another was the 2.0T. People have been making crankshafts for ~150 years, and this is inexcusable. (I think, in fact, it is actually Hyundai/Kia's supplier who botched the crankshafts, but nevertheless, H/K owns the problem, particularly since they didn't catch the fault.)

  • NormSV650 NormSV650 on Apr 19, 2017

    Enjoy your warranty! That's why they have one of the most comprehensive coverage in the industry and it is backfiring on them...multiple times.

  • 28-Cars-Later Feels a bit high but then again... forget it Jake, its Clown World.
  • SCE to AUX Q: Should Speeding Fines Be Based on Income?A: Yes. Rich people (the guy with $1 more than you) should pay less, because giving his income to the government means he has to lay off a worker at his business.Laws are for poor people./s
  • SCE to AUX "Volvo has suggested it’s capable of yielding 275 miles of range"Every non-US car's range estimate is based on WLTP - worth mentioning.EPA range never 'backs up' WLTP; it's always about 15% lower - so figure maybe 234 miles. Not great, except as a commuter.As for the interior - it's obviously a Model 3 clone, but the screen is substantially smaller. Incidentally, I suspect Tesla made the Model 3/Y interior so minimalist to save money - not just to be different. When you're trying to become profitable on EVs, every dollar counts.
  • Dukeisduke I know it really isn't, but the central display looks like it's being held by one of those cheap spring-loaded mobile phone mounts. Poor interior design.
  • Fred Remember when radios were an option? Do you know you can use your phone to listen to any radio station in the world? This is just a whole waste of time.