Fire signHyundai and Kia are adding 500,000 more vehicles to an ongoing recall due to an increase in engine failures and fires.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the largest individual recall affects 380,000 Kia Souls from model years 2012-2016 with 1.6-liter engines.  High exhaust gas temperatures can cause harm to the catalytic converter which can then lead to an “abnormal engine combustion.”

Kia said they are not aware of any accidents or injuries due to the recall.

Hyundai is recalling 120,000 Tucsons from model years 2011-2013 due to a potential leak in the engine’s oil pan.  If the issue is not fixed, too much oil loss could lead to engine damage.

Hyundai said they are not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the issue.

The NHTSA is investigating both recalls.

To see if your vehicle is included in the recall, visit the NHTSAs website here.

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Source: USA TODAY, “Kia, Hyundai recall over 500,000 cars over potential engine fire risk”

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