Kia and Hyundai Recall Announced
Korean automobile manufacturers, Kia and Hyundai, announced the recalls of their popular vehicle models for possible defects that can potentially cause engine fires. The defect involves brake fluid leaking inside a hydraulic control unit that may result in an electrical short and causing an engine fire. Engine fires are extremely dangerous and could cause injuries to vehicle users as well as the destruction of the vehicle and surrounding structures.
About 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada are believed to be affected by the defect. 15 cases have already been reported to Hyundai, and 8 cases reported to Kia. The involved automobile companies have not received any reports of injuries related to the defect but have advised vehicle owners to park their vehicles in the open to prevent garage fires until a dealer has reviewed their vehicles.
Vehicles Affected by the Recalls
The recalls will begin in October for both companies with Kia starting on October 15 and Hyundai on October 23.
Kia has recalled almost 450,000 vehicles and included the model Kia Optimas that was manufactured between 2013 and 2015, as well as Kia Sorentos manufactured between 2014 and 2015. Hyundai’s recall involved around 150,000 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs manufactured between 2013 and 2015.
The automobile companies have assured the public that owners can bring their recalled vehicles to the dealer for a free inspection, and any leaks found in the control units will be fixed or replaced free of charge.
Symptoms of Brake Fluid Leak
Owners are advised to watch out for the anti-lock brake warning light in recalled vehicles. If this comes on, owners should stop using and driving the vehicle and contact their dealership as well as disconnect the battery until it has been inspected.
Owners are also asked to watch out for a strange feel on the brake pedal, or the pedal depressing all the way to the floor. When the brake fluid leaks, air can get into the brake lines which will make the brake pedal feel squishy or soft when pressed. The longer the air is inside the brake lines, the more contaminants get into the lines which causes condensation and depresses the brake pedal all the way to the floor when stepped on.
A brake fluid leak can also be determined visually. The most common sign for this is the leaking of fluid from underneath the vehicle near the wheels. Owners should contact their dealership when they notice this.
The most dangerous sign of a potential brake fluid leak is brake failure. Brakes that have no effect on the vehicle’s speed when driving is very serious and life-threatening. Always check the brakes before driving and when your car is part of the recalled vehicles, it is better to have your vehicle inspected right away.
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