Hyundai and Kia Recalled More Than 90,000 Vehicles for Fire Risk

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

hyundai and kia recalled more than 90 000 vehicles for fire risk

Hyundai and Kia are among the most talked-about automakers on the planet. The duo’s new electric models are exciting and feature styling that makes them look ripped straight from a sci-fi film. Their growth has been impressive, but the news isn’t always positive. The automakers recently recalled more than 91,000 vehicles for an issue that could cause an oil pump fire.

The problem relates to the transmission electric oil pump for the idle stop-and-go system. Recall documents state that the component might have been manufactured with damaged circuit boards. In some cases, the damage could alter the electrical operation of the unit and damage the wiring harness and other parts, increasing the risk of a fire.

The list of impacted Hyundai and Kia models includes:

·      2023 Hyundai Elantra

·      2023 Hyundai Kona

·      2023 and 2024 Hyundai Palisade

·      2023 Hyundai Sonata

·      2023 Hyundai Tucson

·      2023 and 2024 Kia Seltos

·      2023 Kia Soul

·      2023 Kia Sportage

Hyundai said owners can keep driving their cars while the fix is being developed, but the automaker advised them to park outside and away from structures. The vehicle may display a warning light in the gauge cluster, but in some cases, the first indication of something wrong could be smoke and a burning smell. 

[Image: Hyundai]

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  • Mark Mark on Aug 05, 2023

    Hyundai/Kia should have hidden their defects. Like Toyota did for 11 years.

  • Charlotte Scot Charlotte Scot on Aug 05, 2023

    You are correct. I drive a KIA EV6 (No problems). No problems with the KIA Niro EV either.

    People in the US tend to assume e if there is a fire's an electric vehicle. Far more fires in gas cars than electric.

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    • Art_Vandelay Art_Vandelay on Aug 06, 2023

      clearly it causes more issues than Hyundais Uber reliable ICE motors. They could go with a hand crank and a magneto. You should pitch this idea!

  • Charlotte Scot Charlotte Scot on Aug 05, 2023

    True but EV's don't have oil to catch on fire like ICE vehicles.

    • EBFlex EBFlex on Aug 06, 2023

      Yet they still go up in flames all the time.

  • Charlotte Scot Charlotte Scot on Aug 06, 2023

    I ditched ICEs in 2014. That was my solution.

    No oil, no gas...bidirectional power to serve as a generator during a power outage. It's a choice...that's all.