Hyundai, Kia Recall Over Engine Fire Risk

January 17, 2019

Yesterday, Hyundai and Kia announced the companies are recalling over 168,000 vehicles to fix a fuel pipe problem that can cause the engine to catch fire. The company has stated that a high-pressure fuel pipe may have been damaged or improperly installed during previous recalls for engine failures.


This recall covers 68,000 various Kia Optima, Sorento and Sportage vehicles from the 2011 through 2014 model years, while Hyundai said it will affect approximately 100,000 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata and 2013-2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vehicles.


In addition to the recall, the companies have stated they will be offering software upgrades for 3.7 million vehicles, which the companies are calling a “product-improvement campaign”.


The companies said the software update is to protect the vehicles from internal damage, and they will be offering new extended warranties to owners for engine problems. The software, named “knock sensor detection system software” will detect vibrations for unusual patterns and will indicate when an engine may seize due to excessive and abnormal wear on the rod bearings.


“If vibrations caused by bearing wear start to occur, the malfunction indicator lamp will blink continuously, an audible chime will sound (in certain models) and the vehicle will be placed in a temporary engine protection mode with reduced power and acceleration. In this temporary mode, drivers maintain full control of the vehicle as brakes, steering and safety devices such as airbags remain operational.” Hyundai stated in their recall notice.


To find out if your vehicle is on the recall or software list, contact your local Hyundai or Kia dealer or visit the manufacturer’s website:


Hyundai Recall Check

Kia Recall Check



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