If You Drive One Of These Cars, Watch Out, It Could Catch On Fire
Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are initiating a recall of nearly 92,000 vehicles. If you currently drive a Hyundai or Kia automobile be aware that there is an engine part that could overheat and catch on fire. If you don’t drive one, great. But, you probably know someone who does, so make sure they get this information.
Hyundai And Kia Models Up For Recall In September
Basically, there is an engine part called the “Idle Stop And Go” oil pump which can overheat and catch on fire. As a matter of fact, Hyundai and Kia are urging owners of certain models to park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures that could erupt in flames. That’s according to an article by David Shepardson on Reuters.com.
Specifically, the models that Hyundai is recalling include 2023-2024 Palisades, and the 2023 Tuscon, Sonata, Elantra, and Kona. In addition, Kia plans to recall the 2023-2024 Seltos, plus the 2023 Soul and Sportage. Per Shepardson’s article, Hyundai is talking about recalling approximately 52,000 vehicles, and Kia, nearly 40,000.
Recall Notifications And What To Do If You Smell A Burning Odor
In either case, owners of these models will be officially notified in late September. Hyundai and Kia dealerships will “inspect and replace the electric oil pump controller as needed.”
In the meantime, if you smell a burning or melting odor emanating from your Hyundai, the company is recommending you have it towed to the nearest Hyundai dealer for repairs. Generally, you should not attempt to keep driving your car. According to Hyundai, overheating and possible engine fires are not the only worry. But, overheating could also “could trigger a short-circuit impacting other onboard vehicle controllers.”
In addition, if you don’t feel safe driving your Hyundai up for this recall, there is a plan. In fact, dealers have been instructed by the company to provide a rental car until the recall fix is available.