Kia Motors Corporation and Hyundai Motor Company are recalling over 600,000 vehicles in the U.S-market after discovered that leaking brake fluid could turn the vehicle into fire.
The recalled U.S. vehicles affected are 283,803 Kia Optima “TF” sedans from the 2013 to 2015, 156,567 Kia Sorento “UM” crossovers from 2014 to 2015 built in the U.S plant in Georgia and 151,205 Hyundai Santa Fe (DM) crossovers from 2013 to 2015.
This recall also involves Hyundai’s sister company Santa Fe crossover, specifically models built from 2013 to 2015 in Canada, according to a spokesman from Hyundai that informed Automotive News. Brake fluid may leak internally inside the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) which overtime, can result in an electrical short.
“An electrical short in the HECU increases the risk of an engine compartment fire while driving” in accordance to the NHTSA document.
NHTSA reported there are no recognized crashes or accidents linked to the problem. The Associated Press reported on the remember earlier Thursday.
Kia will get started notifying Service dealers on Oct. 12th and owners starting on Oct. 15th. Service dealers will examine the regulate device for leaking brake fluid and change the component if necessary.
Hyundai will get started notifying Service dealers and owners on Oct. 23th. The faulty component is made by Mando Corp., in accordance to NHTSA paperwork. If you think you have an affected car, you can check it using your VIN number at NHTSA official website by clicking here!.