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Brake Fluid Leak Leads to Nationwide Hyundai-Kia Recall

Breaking: Hyundai-Kia Recall Issued! Have You Purchased a Hyundai-Kia Car?

If yes, make sure to read on because this article is for you! Recently,  Hyundai-Kia recalled around 600,000 cars due to defects that can result in the vehicle catching fire. According to the company, a brake fluid leak has led to at least 23 vehicle fires in the U.S., which then led to the most recent Hyundai-Kia Recall.

Which Models Are Being Recalled?

According to reports, the models that are being recalled are the 2013 through 2015 model years. Specifically, the following vehicles are included in the recall:

  • 283,803 Kia Optimas from 2013 to 2015
  • 156,567 Kia Sorentos from 2014 and 2015
  • 151,000 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs from the 2013 to 2015 model years

Hyundai-Kia admitted that as the brake fluid leaks inside a hydraulic control unit for the anti-lock brakes, there could be an electrical short which can start a fire. Reports revealed that automakers have been looking into this issue since 2018.

On the other hand, Hyundai revealed that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received 15 reports of engine fires due to the leak. Meanwhile, the Kia had eight such incidents. Fortunately, the incidents didn’t result in any injury.

Just this year, Hyundai recalled 429,686 model year 2006 through 2011 Elantras and model year 2007 through 2011 Elantra Touring vehicles for the same fire-related issue.

Hyundai added that moisture could enter the anti-lock brake (ABS) module and lead into an electrical short. An electrical short within the ABS module could result to an engine compartment fire, even when the car is turned off. Thus, increasing the chance of an injury.

What Do You Need To Do?

Hyundai-Kia confirmed that they will inform owners of affected vehicles. They also advise that owners should take the cars to a dealer for inspection and repair.

For now, owners who want to know if their car is included in the recall can visit the NHTSA website and enter their vehicle’s VIN.

Editor’s note on the Hyundai-Kia Recall:

This piece is written to inform consumers about the Hyundai-Kia Recall.

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