Auto Safety Group Demands Recall of Hyundai, Kia Vehicles Due to Non-Collision Fires
October 14, 2018 (upi.com) As reported online by upi.com, a nonprofit automotive safety group has demanded that carmakers Hyundai and Kia recall millions of vehicles because of vehicle fire complaints.*
On October 12, 2018, the Center for Auto Safety issued a statement telling Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America to recall almost 3 million vehicles. The statement specifically addresses the following models:
- 2011 – 2014 Kia Sorentos
- 2011 – 2014 Kia Optimas
- 2011 – 2014 Hyundai Sonatas
- 2011 – 2014 Hyundai Santa Fes
- 2010 – 2015 Kia Souls
The above vehicles have logged more than 220 complaints from owners regarding non-collision-related fires. The Center said in its statement that since the start of its investigation, it has received almost one report per day of non-collision fires in these vehicles.
“The number and severity of these complaints, when people are simply driving their cars on the highway, is frightening,” said Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety. “It is long past time for Kia and Hyundai to act. Car fires put everyone on the road in significant danger. Based on the data collected to date, and these manufacturers’ inability or unwillingness to determine the cause of these fires on behalf of the hundreds of Kia and Hyundai customers who own cars which have burst into flames, the Center believes the additional remedy which is warranted is a full recall.”
According to an article from the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003 and 2007, fire departments throughout the United States responded to almost 290,000 vehicle fires each year. These fires caused annual averages of 480 deaths, 1,525 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. On average, 31 highway vehicle fires were reported every hour during this time period.
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