Hyundai, Kia under more pressure in this country over  engine failures and fires

Hyundai and Kia continue to remain under the glaring lens of auto safety regulators in the United States over incidents of engine failures and fires in a number of units offered by both. It is reported that as many as three million Hyundai and Kia vehicles are under investigation by US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

File photo of a Hyundai Sonata at a dealership in Illinois. (AP)
File photo of a Hyundai Sonata at a dealership in Illinois.

According to Associated Press, NHTSA is widening its investigation into incidents of engine failures and fires in Hyundai and Kia cars manufactured between 2011 and 2016. It is further reported that NHTSA has received as many as 161 complaints. It is important to note here that some of the models that suffered such serious problems have already been recalled by the two Korean brands.

Also Read : Hyundai Motor whistleblower gets $24 million. Here's what he plans to do next

The NHTSA now reportedly wants to examine if such recalls in the past have indeed covered all suspect models. It also wants to examine if the recall measures were able to provide an effective solution and fix.

Also check these Vehicles

Find more Cars
Kia Sportage (HT Auto photo)
Prices are currently unavailable
View Details
Kia Sorento (HT Auto photo)
₹25 - 30 Lakhs* *Expected Price
View Details
Kia Carnival 2023 (HT Auto photo)
₹35 - 39 Lakhs* *Expected Price
View Details
Kia Sonet (HT Auto photo)
₹6.79 - 13.55 Lakhs***Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Kia Seltos (HT Auto photo)
₹9.95 - 18.1 Lakhs***Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Kia Seltos Facelift (HT Auto photo)
₹11 - 19 Lakhs* *Expected Price
View Details

Associated Press also referred to an official statement issued by Hyundai in the country. “Hyundai has taken numerous proactive actions to address engine issues, including conducting several recalls, launching a new engine monitoring technology, providing extended warranties and enhancing our customer service response," it read. "Hyundai fosters a culture of transparency and accountability as the safety of our customers is the top priority in everything we do."

Hyundai and Kia have had rocky relations with the NHTSA and were ordered to pay $137 million in fines in November of 2020. The two companies were accused of moving slowly on recall orders for vehicles that had engines that could potentially fail.

Kia was ordered to pay $27 million in fines and also improve safety measures, and while it denied the charges made against it, the company opted to avoid a protracted legal fight.

The action against Hyundai and Kia have also come as a warning to other car manufacturers in the US to not only adhere to the strictest of safety measures but be more proactive to check any possible faults with vehicles that have already been sold.

First Published Date: 28 Dec 2021, 09:24 AM IST
Recommended for you
View all
Shopping Bag Shop Now
55% OFF
SOFTSPUN Microfiber Cloth - 4 pcs - 40x40 cms - 340 GSM Grey- Thick Lint & Streak-Free Multipurpose Cloths - Automotive Microfibre Towels for Car Bike Cleaning Polishing Washing & Detailing…
Rs. 269 Rs. 604
19% OFF
Involve Your Senses One Musk Organic Car Perfume, Involve Your Senses Strong Fiber Air Freshener to Freshen'up Your Car - IONE01-40 g,Car Accessories interior car perfumes and fresheners
Rs. 324 Rs. 399
73% OFF
pTron Bullet Pro 36W PD Quick Charger, 3 Port Fast Car Charger Adapter - Compatible with All Smartphones & Tablets (Black)
Rs. 349 Rs. 1,299
9% OFF
ShineXPro Microfiber Car Cleaning Cloth - OG Soft 500 GSM Extra Large (35x75 CM) Microfiber Cloth for Car and Bike - Suede Edging for Scratchless Drying and Detailing (Pack of 2)
Rs. 498 Rs. 549

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city