Hyundai and Kia Vehicles Recalled for Fire Hazard

Hyundai Motor Company has recalled approximately 600,000 vehicles due to a brake fluid leak that could result in an engine fire.  The recall applies to 2013-2015 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs, 2013-2015 Kia Optima sedans, and 2014-2015 Kia Sorento SUVs.  The brake fluid leak has been located and attributed to the anti-lock brakes hydraulic control unit.  As brake fluid is lost, drivers might notice a decrease in braking capacity.  Hyundai recommends that the vehicle be kept parked, outside of garages and away from other vehicles and structures, if possible.  This is because fires can occur even if the vehicle is not in operation.  For additional information, owners can visit Hyundai’s website at www.hyundaiusa.com, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Safety Recalls” under the Owners column on the right side of the page.  Owners will also need their vehicle identification number to determine if their vehicle is included in this recall.  Owners can also contact Hyundai by calling 1-800-633-5151.  Owner notification is expected to begin on October 15, 2020.  Dealers will replace the hydraulic control unit free of charge.

About R.J. Hill, P.E.
R. J. Hill is the author of two blogs: R.J. Hill Consulting and the Descendants of James Alexander Hill. Mr. Hill is a registered professional (mechanical) engineer with 42 years of experience, 37 years in private practice. Please visit www.rjhill.com to see the kinds of forensic investigations that Mr. Hill performs.

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