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Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride Recalled for Fire Risk

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Kia and Hyundai are recalling more cars due to a fire hazard and are warning owners of all 2020-2022 Hyundai Palisade SUVs and select 2020-2022 Kia Telluride SUVs to park outside and inside gap of structures. More than 281,000 vehicles are affected by the two recalls.

This time the problem is linked to faulty trailer hitch wiring harnesses which have already been responsible for at least 25 fire and/or meltdown incidents, some of which have occurred when the vehicles were turned off. The recalled hitches were installed as original equipment or purchased from Kia and Hyundai dealerships.

Both automakers say they are currently working on a fix for the problem, but a repair is not yet available.

The problem occurs when debris builds up on a circuit board inside the trailer hitch, which can cause a short circuit and cause a fire. The majority of complaints reported to automakers involve melting, although some vehicles have experienced more involved fires.

In documents provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Hyundai said it was aware of three related fires in Canada, but none in the United States, in addition to eight melting incidents in Canada and eight others in the States. -United. six fires, five of which caused only “localized melting”. According to NHTSA documentation, no injuries or accidents have been reported in connection with either recall.

The Hyundai Motor Company is Kia Motors’ largest shareholder, with a 33.88% stake. The two automakers share parts, designs and suppliers. In recent years, Hyundai and Kia have issued several fire-related recalls, including more than 3.7 million vehicles. They involved brake fluid leaks, fuel leaks, oil leaks, ABS sensor issues, hydraulic brake component issues, and engine issues.

In 2020, NHTSA announced civil penalties totaling $210 million for Hyundai and Kia after the agency determined the automakers failed to timely issue fire-related recalls.

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