South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are closely related. Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai’s parent company, owns a majority stake in Kia, and the two companies share a lot of engineering on their various models.
In the United States, however, they operate as two totally separate companies.
Well, the controversy is served. These two brands have requested, through a statement, that certain models of SUVs and cars of their brands check their vehicle in case of the possibility of a short circuit and catch fire, even while driving.
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The problem is that due to foreign contaminants, the anti-lock brake computer control module can short-circuit and cause the engine fire.
As for the models, Hyundai issued a recall for the 2016-2018 model year Santa Fe SUVs, the 2017-2018 Santa Fe Sport SUVs, the 2017-2018 Santa Fe XL models, 2019 and 2014-2015 Tucson SUVs.
Kia, for its part, is recalling the 2016-2018 K900 sedans and 2014-2016 Sportage SUVs.
In total, 357,830 vehicles are being recalled by Hyundai and 126,747, by Kia.
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The overhaul would consist of inspecting the vehicles anti-lock braking control module and replacing it if necessary. Dealerships will also replace a fuse that controls electrical power to the anti-lock brake control unit at no cost to owners. The new fuse will reduce the amount of power going to the module.
In filings, Kia states that it is aware of three vehicles that have caught fire. The companies also claim that owners can continue to drive their vehicles safely, but should park them away from any building or structure.
I don’t know if we can really call that security. if you are one of the winners with one of those models and on top of that you are American. Despite this and as mentioned above, both companies are responsible for reviewing and changing, if necessary, the module.