Here’s which cars are affected and could catch fire without warning.
DETROIT — Hyundai and Kia are telling owners of some of their large SUVs to park them outdoors and outside of buildings after a series of towbar wiring fires.
Korean automakers are recalling more than 281,000 vehicles in the US over the problem, but they haven’t found a solution yet. Automakers reported 25 fires or meltdown incidents in the US and Canada caused by the problem, but no accidents or injuries.
The recalls affect more than 245,000 Hyundai Palisade and over 36,000 Kia Telluride SUVs from the 2020 to 2022 model years.
In documents released Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the companies said dirt and moisture can collect on a circuit board in the trailer hitch wiring. This can cause an electrical short circuit, which can lead to a fire.
Hyundai said dealers will examine the wiring and remove a fuse as a temporary fix. Kia has no intermediate repair. The companies say a definitive fix is being developed.
In addition, the dealers of both car manufacturers have stopped selling the affected SUVs until they are repaired.
Hyundai and Kia aren’t the only car brands affected by fire hazard recalls. Earlier this year, Ford had to recall about 139,000 SUVs because those cars’ engines could potentially catch fire even with the ignition off.
This problem was caused by a circuit board prone to short circuits.
Similar to the new recall, Ford also asked customers to park their cars outside until they could get a replacement.
https://www.kvue.com/article/news/nation-world/suv-recall/507-885b6076-c8f7-4a56-b485-1f9a9cf368cd Hyundai and Kia SUVs recalled for fire hazard