Tampa, Florida 2020-12-05 12:55:58 –
Detroit (AP)-Kia Motors is recalling nearly 295,000 vehicles in the United States due to potential engine stalls and fires.
The recall will take place just a week after Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor, a South Korean affiliated car maker, have been fined by the US government for delaying the recall.
The recall covers certain 2012 and 2013 Sorrento SUVs, 2012-2015 Forte and Fortecoop vehicles, and 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid vehicles. It also includes the 2014 and 2015 Soul SUVs and the 2012 Sportage SUVs.
Kia Motors said in a document posted Saturday by the US government that no manufacturing defects were found, but is recalling the vehicle to reduce the risk of fire.
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The recall will take place after the National Highway Traffic Safety Bureau begins investigating engine fires on Kia and Hyundai Motors in 2019. Authorities began an investigation after the non-profit Japan Safe Driving Center filed a petition for an investigation. When the investigation began, authorities said there were complaints from the owners about more than 3,100 fires, 103 injuries and one death.
Kia Motors will notify the owner from January 27th. The dealer will inspect the engine for fuel and oil leaks and replace it if necessary. The company is also developing updates for knock sensor software.
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NHTSA has to pay $ 137 million last week to fine and improve safety as Kia and Hyundai are too late to bring back more than a million vehicles with potentially broken engines Announced that there is. The fine resolves a three-year government investigation into corporate behavior, including recalls of multiple models of the 2011 model.
Kia has to pay $ 27 million and invest $ 16 million in safety performance measurements. According to NHTSA, payments of another $ 27 million will be postponed as long as Kia meets safety requirements.
Kia Motors denied the US claim, but said it wanted to avoid a protracted court battle.
Hyundai and Kia’s engine failure and fire problems have plagued companies for over five years.
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