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NHTSA: Some Kia and Hyundai vehicles shouldn’t be parked indoors or near structures due to fire hazard

Officials with the by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer alert today, February 8th, advising owners of some 2014-2016 Kia Sportage, 2016-2018 Kia K900 and 2016-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles to park their cars outside and away from homes.

The manufacturers have issued recall notices.

Kia and Hyundai have identified an increasing risk of an engine compartment fire. Although the cause remains unknown, the manufacturers believe an electrical component in the anti-lock brake system may experience an internal electrical short circuit that could increase the risk of fire both while the vehicle is being driven or parked.

According to associated recall documents there have been 3 recorded fire incidents involving Kia vehicles (all Sportages) and 9 involving Hyundais. No fatalities, injuries or crashes resulted from any of these incidents.

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The Kia recall notice is available here, and the Hyundai recall notice is available here.

According to the recall notices, free of charge remedies are for a Kia dealer to install a new fuse for the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) circuit board or for a Hyundai dealer to replace the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) multi-fuse and inspect and replace the ABS module if necessary.

Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed between March 31st and April 5th.

Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC227.

Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 218.

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