Hyundai and Kia Add 600,000 More Vehicles to Ongoing Recall Due to Fire Risk.
Hyundai and Kia are adding 600,000 more vehicles to an ongoing recall due to a brake fluid leak that could cause engine fires.
The automakers say, “brake fluid can leak inside a hydraulic control unit for the anti-lock brakes, possibly causing an electrical short that can lead to fires.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the largest individual recall affects 440,000 Kia Optimas from model years 2013-2015.
Also included in the recall are 203,000 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs from model years 2013-2015.
According to documents from safety regulators, Hyundai has had 15 engine fire reports and Kia has had eight due to the brake fluid leak.
Kia and Hyundai said they are not aware of any accidents or injuries due to the recall.
Kia’s recall will begin on October 15th and Hyundai’s will start October 23rd.
Dealers will inspect the control units for leaks and replace them if needed for free.
To see if your vehicle is included in the recall, visit the NHTSA’s website here.
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Source: abc news, “Hyundai, Kia recall vehicles for leaks that can cause fires”