Kia and Hyundai Play Down Fires Though Regulators Don’t Agree

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Kia and Hyundai cars after several burst into flames.

Federal regulators who investigated whether or not 2.9 million Hyundai and Kia cars have a high-risk chance of randomly catching fire, found out the answer in only ten months. It also only took 3,000 complaints and 100 injuries and one death.

Just last June the Center for Auto Safety wrote a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, begging to investigate the issues. This came after the group saw 120 reports in the NHTSA describing fire breakouts during standard no-crash drives.

The models in question are the 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata and Sante Fe., the 2010-2015 Kia Soul, and the 2011-2014 Kia Optima and Sorento.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration counted a total of about 1,181 complaints about non-crash fires in Hyundai cars and 1,784 in Kia. Drivers have reported 100 injuries because of the non-crash-fires. In 2017 an Ohio woman watched her son burn to death in a Kia Soul.

Kia and Hyundai both recently issued a recall on about 534,000 of potentially affected cars, but the carmakers still deny that there are injuries or death linked to the fire risks of their vehicle. In fact their actual proposed fix is a software update.

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Kia and Hyundai Play Down Fires Though Regulators Don’t Agree

Photo credit: Judgefloro – Wikimedia Commons

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Kia and Hyundai cars after several burst into flames.

Federal regulators who investigated whether or not 2.9 million Hyundai and Kia cars have a high-risk chance of randomly catching fire, found out the answer in only ten months. It also only took 3,000 complaints and 100 injuries and one death.

Just last June the Center for Auto Safety wrote a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, begging to investigate the issues. This came after the group saw 120 reports in the NHTSA describing fire breakouts during standard no-crash drives.

The models in question are the 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata and Sante Fe., the 2010-2015 Kia Soul, and the 2011-2014 Kia Optima and Sorento.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration counted a total of about 1,181 complaints about non-crash fires in Hyundai cars and 1,784 in Kia. Drivers have reported 100 injuries because of the non-crash-fires. In 2017 an Ohio woman watched her son burn to death in a Kia Soul.

Kia and Hyundai both recently issued a recall on about 534,000 of potentially affected cars, but the carmakers still deny that there are injuries or death linked to the fire risks of their vehicle. In fact their actual proposed fix is a software update.

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