Massive Recall for Fire Risks: Over 3.3 Million Hyundai and Kia Vehicles Affected
In a massive response to potential fire-related hazards, leading automakers Kia and Hyundai are collectively recalling over 3.3 million vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a federal safety regulator, announced these substantial recalls following the identification of the safety issues which were reported to NHTSA recently. This move is a precautionary measure to address potential risks that can be life-threatening.
Kia Motors is recalling approximately 1.7 million vehicles, involving models such as the Forte, Sportage, Optima, Soul, Sorento, and several others. The recall for Kia stems from a potential electrical short within the vehicle’s Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) which can lead to an engine fire, posing risks whether the vehicle is parked or in motion. Specifically, the affected models range from 2010 to 2019 Borrego, 2014-2016 Cadenza, 2010-2013 Forte and Sportage, 2015-2018 K900, 2011-2015 Optima, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid and Soul, 2012-2017 Rio, and 2011-2014 Sorento, and 2010-2011 Rondo vehicles. The NHTSA is strongly advising owners of the affected models to park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures until the recall repairs have been implemented. Kia dealers are set to replace the HECU fuse free of charge, and owners are expected to receive notification letters around November 14. For any queries, owners can contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542, referencing recall number SC284.
Concurrently, Hyundai is recalling over 1.6 million vehicles due to a distinct, yet equally serious fire-related issue. This recall affects various models, including Elantra, Santa Fe, Genesis, Tucson, and several more. The safety concern identified in Hyundai vehicles is associated with the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) module. It is suspected that this module may leak brake fluid internally, which can subsequently cause an electrical short, potentially leading to an engine compartment fire, regardless of whether the vehicle is stationary or being driven. The list of affected Hyundai models includes 2011-2015 Elantra, Genesis Coupe, and Sonata Hybrid; 2012-2015 Accent, Azera, and Veloster; 2013-2015 Elantra Coupe and Santa Fe; 2014-2015 Equus; 2010-2012 Veracruz; 2010-2013 Tucson; 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell, and 2013 Santa Fe Sport. Similar to Kia, owners of these Hyundai models are advised to park their vehicles away from buildings or other structures until the necessary recall repair is completed. Hyundai dealers are poised to replace the ABS fuse free of charge and the affected owners will be notified by mail on November 21, 2023.
Owners of Kia and Hyundai vehicles can check the status of their vehicles by visiting the NHTSA’s recall database or contacting the automakers directly. Both automakers are committed to resolving these safety issues promptly and efficiently to ensure the safety and satisfaction of their customers. The widespread recalls underscore the commitment of automakers and federal safety regulators to address potential risks proactively and maintain the highest standards of vehicle safety.
Filing Your Claim
Owners of recalled vehicles experiencing damages or injuries due to the mentioned fire-related issues may have legitimate grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturers, Kia and Hyundai. Victims can seek compensation for damages, which can encompass medical expenses, property damage, loss of wages due to injury, and pain and suffering. When a product, such as a vehicle, is deemed defective or dangerous, and it leads to injury or harm, the affected individual has the legal right to seek restitution. A successful product liability lawsuit can help victims recover the costs incurred due to the defective product and bring attention to the hazards associated with it.
In product liability cases, various forms of damages can be recovered, depending on the specific circumstances surrounding each case. Economic damages refer to tangible losses like medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages encompass intangible losses like pain and suffering or emotional distress. Additionally, in cases where a company’s conduct is found to be particularly egregious or reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to deter such conduct in the future.
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Have you or a loved one been affected by the recent recalls of Hyundai and Kia vehicles due to potential fire-related issues? If so, it’s essential to understand your legal rights and the remedies available to you. Parker Waichman LLP, a nationally recognized national product liability law firm, is offering a free consultation to victims of this recall. Don’t delay in seeking the justice and compensation you deserve; reach out to their experienced team now at 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529). By addressing your concerns and queries, Parker Waichman LLP can provide you with the requisite legal guidance and support to navigate through this complex situation, ensuring your rights are protected and upheld.
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