On August 3, 2023, Hyundai and Kia announced they were recalling more than 113,000 newer vehicles in the U.S. due to potential fire risks and urged owners to park outside and away from structures pending repairs.
Roughly 52,000 Hyundai vehicles and nearly 40,000 Kia vehicles are listed under the recall in the U.S., with 11,000 Hyundai vehicles and 10,700 Kia vehicles in Canada.
According to Korean automakers, electrically faulty components may be present in the Idle Stop & Go assembly’s electronic controllers, which might lead to an overheated pump. If necessary, dealers will inspect and replace the oil pump controller once owners are contacted in late September.
Kia reported six complaints of potentially linked thermal occurrences but no accidents or injuries, while Hyundai reported four similar reports. The automakers informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a suspicious part was taken out of manufacturing in March.
In addition to the fire risks, heat damage could trigger a short circuit impacting other onboard vehicle controllers, Hyundai reported. Additionally, Hyundai told dealers a rental vehicle should be provided to customers that don’t feel safe operating their vehicle until a recall fix become available. If am owner reports burning or a melting order, they should get the vehicle towed to the nearest Hyundai dealer and avoid driving it.
The automaker also reported that a 2023 Hyundai Palisade vehicle had heat damage on the electric oil pump’s wire harness or connector in December, prompting Hyundai to launch an investigation. Whereas Kia said, it received a report of a melting 2023 Kia Soul in June.