North Carolina Man’s Kia Spontaneously Catches Fire
FAYETTEVILLE, NC. – According to an online news story published at abc11.com, a North Carolina man says his Kia spontaneously caught on fire. Kia has recalled several models of vehicles because of engine fires, but the man’s vehicle was not included in the recent recalls.*
Auto manufacturers Kia and Hyundai recalled close to 170,000 vehicles recently due to fuel pump issues that could lead to engine fires. However, Michael Brown, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was not included in these recalls with his 2015 Kia Optima. Yet, he experienced a spontaneous fire in his vehicle for which he cannot find an explanation.
In a recent event, Brown drove to his sister’s house and parked his car at her home. About 15 minutes later, he says he heard a large popping noise outside.
“When I opened the door, there were flames going five foot above my car,” Brown said.
The fire was extinguished without anyone suffering injuries, but Brown’s vehicle was completely destroyed. Brown immediately contact Kia, and the manufacturer sent an investigator to him to look into the matter.
“He said, ‘Well they can’t figure out where the fire started. They just know you didn’t do it. So that this time, Kia’s doing nothing,’” Brown said of the investigation.
To this day, Brown does not understand what happened to his car, and he has not been able to get anywhere with Kia. The carmaker has not changed its position that it cannot help Brown without knowing the source of the fire. His vehicle is still not part of any active recalls.
“It blows my mind,” Brown said. “I think they should fix the problem, foremost. I think there should be some action taken. You have to reimburse people for what they’re losing when the car burns.”
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