Kia to recall 295,000 cars to check potential risk from engine fires

Kia and Hyundai are under enormous pressure from US agencies and have even been slapped with fines worth millions.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 06 Dec 2020, 10:15 AM
File photo used for representational purpose. (REUTERS)
File photo used for representational purpose. (REUTERS)
File photo used for representational purpose. (REUTERS)
File photo used for representational purpose.

Kia is following Hyundai in the United States in recalling suspect vehicles to check for faults which - in the worst scenario - could cause engine fires. Both Kia and Hyundai have been under enormous scrutiny in the country and were recently slapped with fines to the tune of millions of dollars.

A day after it was reported that Hyundai has issued fresh recall orders which now cover 2021 Santa Fe SUVs, 2015 and 2016 Veloster, 2011 to 2013 and 2016 Sonata hybrid vehicles, Kia too is learnt to call back some of its offerings in the US market. The list includes certain 2012 and 2013 Sorento SUVs, 2012 through 2015 Forte and Forte Koup cars, and 2011 through 2013 Optima Hybrid cars.

Similar Cars

Find More Cars
Hyundai Casper (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
Hyundai Casper
999 cc | Petrol | Manual
₹4 - 7 Lakhs* *Expected Price
Hyundai Santro (HT Auto photo)
Hyundai Santro
1086 cc | Petrol | Manual | 20 kmpl
₹4.67 - 6.47 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Hyundai Grand I10 Nios (HT Auto photo)
Hyundai Grand I10 Nios
1197 cc | Petrol | Manual | 21 kmpl
₹5.19 - 8.52 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Hyundai Aura (HT Auto photo)
Hyundai Aura
1197 cc | Petrol | Manual | 21 kmpl
₹5.92 - 9.43 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Kia Sonet (HT Auto photo)
Kia Sonet
1197 cc | Petrol | Manual | 18.4 kmpl
₹6.79 - 13.55 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Hyundai I20 (HT Auto photo)
Hyundai I20
1197 cc | Petrol | Manual | 20.35 kmpl
₹6.8 - 11.43 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price

Associated Press has reported that as per a document submitted by Kia, it says no defect has been found in the cars but the recall is still being issued to ensure there is absolutely no chance of engine fire. Perhaps not wanting to take any chances after being blamed for delay in issuing previous recall orders, the Korean car maker is looking to be more proactive this time around.

FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on
FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on

Owners of the suspect cars will start receiving notifications from January 27 and dealers will inspect the vehicles with the fault being repaired or faulty part being replaced.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating Hyundai and Kia in the country for engine fires in 2019. It says that there have been 3,100 fires involving cars from both manufacturers, 103 injuries and even one death.

NHTSA just last week had ordered the two companies to pay a massive fine of $137 million after having found both guilty of being slow in recalling around one million vehicles which may have had defects which could lead to engine fires.

Kia denied that there is any problem with its cars but chose to pay the fine in order to avoid a legal tuss

First Published Date: 06 Dec 2020, 10:14 AM IST
Recommended For You
View All
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS

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