Almost 295,000 vehicles are being recalled due to possible engine fires and stalling issues.
Kia recalls over 250000 cars for engine fire risk: The US fined Kia and affiliated automaker Hyundai last week for delaying recalls. Kia has denied the accusations. But wants to avoid a long legal battle with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Cars affected are:
- Kia Sorento (2012 and 2013 models)
- Forte and Koup (2012 to 2015 models)
- Optima Hybrid (2011 to 2013 models)
- Soul (2014 and 2015 models)
- Sportage (2012 models)
A statement claimed no manufacturing defects were detected. But certain vehicles are being recalled to limit any risk of engine fires occurring.
America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated Kia and Hyundai engine fire reports last year. This came after the Center for Auto Safety filed a petition. Ater it received over 3000 customer complaints regarding engine fires. Additionally there were 103 claims for injuries and one fatality.
Affected vehicle owners will be contacted from the end of January next year. Vehicles will be inspected at dealerships for any engine problems. Including oil or fuel leaks, and new anti knock software is being developed. Any faults could result in replacement engines being installed.
A fine of 137 million dollars to Kia is being imposed due to a delay in the recalls. Both Kia and Hyundai have experienced engine fire and failure problems over the last five years in the states..
In a statement, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. “Kia must pay $27 million and invest $16 million on safety performance measures. Another $27 million payment will be deferred as long as Kia meets safety conditions.”
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