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Park Recalled Hyundai and Kia Cars Outside Due to Fire Risk

Jul 07, 2023

Another fire-related recall includes many newer Hyundai Elantra, Kona, Palisade, Sonata, and Tucson; and Kia Seltos, Soul, and Sportage vehicles

Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 92,000 newer SUVs and sedans because they are at risk of catching fire. Until dealers can perform a free fix, drivers should park outside and away from structures, the automakers say.

The recalled vehicles include several popular new models, including:• 2023-2024 Hyundai Palisade SUVs• 2023 Hyundai Tucson SUVs• 2023 Hyundai Sonata sedans• 2023 Hyundai Elantra sedans• 2023 Hyundai Kona SUVs (not including Kona Electric EVs)• 2023 Kia Soul hatchbacks• 2023 Kia Sportage SUVs• 2023-2024 Kia Seltos SUVs

The problem is due to a manufacturing defect involving a transmission oil pump. If this part short-circuits, drivers may notice smoke coming from underneath the vehicle, smell a burning or melting odor, be unable to turn the engine off, or see the check engine or other warning lights illuminated on the dashboard.

Kia and Hyundai say that owners can continue driving these vehicles but that they should be parked outside until they’re fixed. The automakers also say they will offer owners reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses related to the recall.

So far, there have been no fires, crashes, or injuries related to the recall, according to documents provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Hyundai says it is aware of four reports of heat damage to vehicles, including melted wiring and connectors, and Kia says it is aware of six similar reports.

This is the latest in a series of fire-related recalls involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles. According to tallies from Consumer Reports and the Center for Automotive Safety, over the past 13 years the automakers have sent recall notices for over 7 million cars and SUVs to fix problems that could cause vehicles to catch fire. So far, these recalls have involved engines, braking systems, and even trailer hitches.

Although Hyundai and Kia are separate brands, the Hyundai Motor Co. is the largest shareholder in Kia Motors, with 33.88 percent ownership. The two brands share many of the same parts from the same suppliers, including the part involved in this recall.

Find out why so many Hyundai and Kia vehicles are getting recalled for fire risk.

Vehicles Recalled • Hyundai Palisade SUVs built between Oct. 18, 2022, and June 27, 2023• Hyundai Tucson SUVs built between Oct. 29, 2022, and April 21, 2023• Hyundai Sonata sedans built between Oct. 26, 2022, and April 3, 2023• Hyundai Elantra sedans built between Nov. 14, 2022, and June 6, 2023• Hyundai Kona SUVs built between Nov. 9, 2022, and July 8, 2023• Kia Soul hatchbacks built between Nov. 9, 2022, and May 10, 2023• Kia Sportage SUVs built between Nov. 2, 2022, and May 30, 2023• Kia Seltos SUVs built between Nov. 9, 2022, and May 29, 2023

The problem: Circuit boards inside an electric oil pump that’s part of the vehicle’s start/stop system may have been damaged during manufacturing. If this part fails, it could overheat and lead to a vehicle fire.

The fix: Dealerships will replace the faulty oil pumps, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Hyundai at 855-371-9460 or Kia at 800-333-4542.

NHTSA campaign number: The number for the Hyundai recall is 23V526, and Hyundai’s own number for this recall is 246. The number for the Kia recall is 23V531 and Kia’s own number for this recall is SC275.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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Keith Barry

Keith Barry has been an auto reporter at Consumer Reports since 2018. He focuses on safety, technology, and the environmental impact of cars. Previously, he led home and appliance coverage at Reviewed; reported on cars for USA Today, Wired, and Car & Driver; and wrote for other publications as well. Keith earned a master’s degree in public health from Tufts University. Follow him on Twitter @itskeithbarry.

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