Fire hazards are not great! Unfortunately, almost 600,000 Kia and Hyundai owners are going to have to deal with a recall hassle now.
Hyundai and Kia recalled 591,000 U.S. vehicles because of a brake-fluid leak that has the potential to cause engine fires. Included in the recall are the 2013 to 2015 models of the Kia Optima sedan and Hyundai’s Santa Fe SUV. Also recalled were the 2014 to 2015 models of Kia Sorento SUVs.
According to Car and Driver, there have been 15 reported engine fires in Hyundai vehicles and eight in Kia vehicles because of the issue. Fortunately, there have been no injuries or accidents.
The issue has both Hyundai and Kia recommending that owners of the affected vehicles park them outside, away from buildings, structures, and other vehicles until they can be repaired. Earlier this month, a spokesperson for Kia told Car and Driver that they weren’t aware of any incidents of fire while the vehicles were parked and off.