Kia & Hyundai Recall Over 3 Million Vehicles Due to Fire Risk

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Hyundai Motor America and Kia America have issued a recall for more than 3.3 million vehicles due to a potential fire hazard. The affected vehicles’ anti-lock brake system modules could leak brake fluid internally, causing an electrical short and increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire.

At this time, Hyundai plans to notify owners to bring their vehicles to the nearest dealership to replace the ABS module fuse. Kia is still working on a remedy.

Until the recalled vehicles can be repaired, owners should park them outside and away from homes and other structures. Not only can fires occur when driving the recalled cars, but also when they’re parked and turned off.

man walking toward car at dusk

Hyundai’s safety recall includes the following vehicles and model years:

  • 2012-2015 Accent
  • 2012-2015 Azera
  • 2011-2015 Elantra
  • 2013-2015 Elantra Coupe
  • 2014-2015 Equus
  • 2011-2015 Genesis Coupe
  • 2013-2015 Santa Fe
  • 2013 Santa Fe Sport
  • 2011-2015 Sonata HEV
  • 2010-2013 Tucson
  • 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell
  • 2012-2015 Veloster
  • 2010-2012 Veracruz

front end of black Kia

Kia’s safety recall includes the following vehicles and model years:

  • 2014-2016 Cadenza
  • 2011-2013 Forte/Forte Koup
  • 2015-2017 K900
  • 2010-2015 Optima
  • 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid
  • 2011-2017 Rio
  • 2010 Rondo
  • 2011-2014 Sorento
  • 2011-2013 Soul
  • 2010-2013 Sportage

To date, Hyundai has not reported any crashes, injuries, or fatalities associated with this defect. There have been 21 related vehicle fires in the United States as well as 22 “thermal incidents,” with visible smoke, burning, and melting.

Kia hasn’t reported any crashes, injuries, or fatalities either, but the company is aware of one engine compartment fire, three fires in the unit, and six reports of melting components.

Vehicle owners can visit and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if their vehicle has been recalled. Owners of recalled vehicles should call their nearest dealership immediately to schedule a free repair when one becomes available.

Owners can also download NHTSA’s SaferCar app and register their vehicle, tires, car seats, and other vehicle equipment. The app will then notify owners when recalls are issued.

See all our recent safety alerts and recalls in one place!

About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 8

  1. Lora

    With all the thefts occurring, and now this, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kia and Hyundai go bankrupt like Daewoo did. Factor in the UAW strike for other cars. Some places by us have already increased vehicle prices by $10k from a few months ago. A lot of people won’t be able to afford to buy vehicles anymore.

    • Ashley

      Wait til everyone is forced to buy electric or walk.


  2. Laurie

    Thank you for this post. I have one of these cars, but haven’t received any letter regarding the recall yet.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Laurie! ❤️ I have one too, but haven’t received a letter yet either.

  3. Sdavis

    Our son has one of these cars, but every time we look up the VIN it says it’s not part of the recall. His car has been parked for months bc of engine failure! 😡😣

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh no! So sorry to hear that, Sdavis! Hoping your son might still receive notification to be able to take his car in for repairs if it’s been affected! 🤗💞

  4. Rainy

    I work for State Farm. If you have one of those vehicles that is affected by the theft recall, those vehicles we can no longer write insurance for. Progressive announced the same that they won’t be writing insurance on them. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go under with all that’s going on.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh bummer! 😔 Thanks so much for that warning. ❤️

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