Hyundai and Kia Recall 91,000 Vehicles in the US Due to Fire Risk

( Fri, 4th Aug, 2023) London, UK —

South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor and Kia are recalling nearly 92,000 vehicles in the US due to concerns about a fire risk. The recall impacts multiple models and is linked to an issue with an electrical component in the transmission oil pump, which could potentially overheat.

Owners of the affected vehicles have been advised to park their cars outside and away from buildings until they can be thoroughly inspected. This recall is the latest in a series of fire-related recalls involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles in recent times.


According to Kia, there have been six reports of “thermal incidents,” but fortunately, no accidents or injuries have been reported. Similarly, Hyundai has recorded four similar reports and no crashes, injuries, or fatalities associated with the problem.

Aside from the fire risk, heat damage to the electrical component could lead to a short circuit that affects other vehicle controllers, as highlighted by Hyundai. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has urged owners to park their cars outside and away from structures until the necessary recall repair is completed.

The issue revolves around the electronic controller for the Idle Stop & Go oil pump assembly, which may contain damaged electrical components, causing the pump to overheat. Hyundai and Kia will contact vehicle owners in late September, and authorized dealers will inspect and replace the electric oil pump controller if necessary.

Both carmakers have informed the NHTSA that the problematic component was taken out of production in March.

In a separate recall incident earlier in March, Hyundai and Kia had recalled over 570,000 vehicles due to a potential electrical problem that could cause fires in the wiring when the vehicle is towing a trailer.


Additionally, in July, Hyundai recalled more than 13,500 vehicles in Australia due to a potential engine fault that could pose fire hazards.

Hyundai and Kia, while operating as separate entities, are part of the Hyundai Motor Group and share various components. Both companies have also experienced a sharp increase in vehicle thefts. In response to the rising thefts, they offered car owners steering wheel locks and software upgrades after TikTok videos popularized methods to easily steal their cars. The “Kia Boyz” trend gained popularity last year, featuring videos of thieves breaking into the vehicles and taking them for joyrides.

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