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United States Safety Agency is Conducting an Investigation of Kia and Hyundai Fires

April 07, 2019

DETROIT, MI – According to an online news report at, the highway safety agency for the United States has opened up two investigations to examine the cause of the fires by affected Kia and Hyundai vehicles after receiving complaints of thirty one hundred fires and one hundred three injuries.  One death was also reported as a result of the vehicle fires*

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responding to the complaints and is confirming that they will be looking into the fires caused by certain models of Hyundai Santa Fes and Sonatas, as well as Kia’s Sorrento, Soul and Optima vehicles. 

The NHTSA has indicated on Monday, April 1, 2019 that it granted a petition filed in June of 2018 that seeks the investigation by the Center For Auto Safety, which is a consumer advocacy organization.

According to the online report, “the investigations, one for Hyundai and the other for Kia, cover non-crash fires in almost 3 million vehicles from the affiliated Korean automakers. The probes cover the 2011 through 2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe, the 2011 through 2014 Kia Optima and Sorento, and the 2010 through 2015 Kia Soul. The complaints came from consumers and from data provided by both automakers.”

According to the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, it is about time that the NHTSA investigates the reason why several Kia and Hyundai vehicles are catching fire when not the result of an accident.  "While it may be six months post-due, we are gratified to see NHTSA's Office of Defect Investigations open formal investigations based on our petition," the executive director said.

Per the investigation of the fires, the NHTSA is reporting that it has been receiving complaints of engine compartment fires as well as fires to tail light housings, light bulbs and wiring harnesses.

The NHTSA is currently investigating the case of the fires, how many cars are affected by same, and the consequences related to safety.

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