Kia recalls SUVs over stall and fire risk

Irvine, CA – May 4, 2021 – Kia Motors (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) is recalling 147,249 vehicles equipped with 2.0L Nu MPI engines, which may stall or catch fire while driving as a result of internal damage. This increases risk of a crash and may result in serious injuries to vehicle occupants.  This Kia vehicle recall includes the following vehicles:

  • 2021 Kia  Seltos
  • 2020 Kia Soul 
  • 2021 Kia Soul

The component in question is called “piston assembly,” part number 23041-2E801. This is the latest in the series of ongoing fire-related Kia and Hyundai recalls.

Recall summary  

The engines of these cars contain piston oil rings, whose function is to seal the combustion chamber  – where gasoline and air mix  – from other parts of the engine, partly to ensure that no extra oil is passed into the chamber.

Due to a supplier error,  the recalled vehicles’ piston oil rings were “improperly heated” during production.  As a result of this, they may become excessively hard to the point where they start chipping. This may result in the seal between the other parts of the engine and the combustion chamber breaking, which may cause extra oil to get into the engine and damage it.

The damage may cause the car to stall while driving. If the car continues to be driven, parts of the piston assembly can break apart and pierce the engine. This may result in the vehicle catching fire as oil escaping from the engine comes in contact with the “hot exhaust components.

Warning signs

The driver may be alerted to this problem if they hear the engine make a metallic rattling sound and feel it vibrate. In most cases, this will be accompanied by an illuminated “ oil pressure warning light” on the dashboard. To prevent any further damage, the driver should stop the vehicle in the first safe spot and turn off the engine. 

Risks

Stalling while driving may lead to potentially dangerous situations, especially if it happens in high-speed or dense traffic. Car fires are very dangerous and kill over 300 people a year on average,  as reported.

For tips on what to do if your car catches fire, please see this article about last year’s Kia Stinger recall for mystery fire risk.

Other Kia engine recalls

Both Kia and Hyundai have been subject to multiple fire-related recalls. Recently, the latter – which is part-owned by Hyundai and builds vehicles on its platform – recalled over 300,000 Kia Cadenza and Kia Sportage cars because of fire risk related to a part within the anti-lock brake system (ABS). Faulty engine rod bearings were the culprit behind a recent Hyundai recall due to the stall and fire risk.

Seltos Kia 2021 is not subject to any additional recalls.

The repair

To fix the issue, Kia Motors dealers will conduct a special engine examination in affected vehicles . If an oil ring flaw is found, the dealer will replace the whole engine. In certain cases, the dealer might also install software that will alert the driver that the piston oil ring is damaged.

The recall is slated to begin on June 11.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This recall includes nearly 150,000 Kia vehicles. To do a Kia recall check, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Daimler recalls GLB-class SUVs over risk of fly-away spoilers

Jacksonville, FL – April 23, 2021 – Daimler AG (NASDAQ:DDAIF), which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, is recalling 5,215 compact SUVs that have tailgate spoilers that may detach while driving. The resulting road hazard could increase the risk of a crash or injury for surrounding motorists.

This recall includes the following GLB-class SUVs:

  • 2021 GLB35 AMG 
  • 2020 GLB250 
  • 2021 GLB250 

Recall summary  

The recalled cars have side tailgate spoilers, which are pieces of external trim made out of plastic. Their main purpose is to improve the appearance of these cars by giving them a slicker look. The spoilers were mounted incorrectly and may detach from the vehicle while traveling at a high speed. 

Risks

Spoilers that detach while moving may hit other vehicles, injuring its occupants or causing an accident.  Even if this does not happen, it is very likely that they will land on the road and become an obstacle. This augments the chances of an accident or injury for other drivers, as it may force them to make quick maneuvers.  

To read more about the dangers of road debris, please see this article about a recent Land Rover recall.

Other Mercedes-Benz recalls

In August 2020, more than 10,000 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 SUVs were recalled because their rear spoilers were not fully attached to the car and might have detached from the car while driving.

The repair

To fix the issue, Mercedes-Benz dealers will check how the side spoilers are mounted to the car and replace them – together with a corresponding clip – if needed. The repair is free of charge. The recall begins on May 31.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Mercedes-Benz recall includes over 5,000 compact GLB35 AMG SUVs. To see if your vehicle is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Chrysler recalls Ram trucks that may catch fire

Auburn Hills, MI – April 8, 2021 – Chrysler (NYSE:STLA), which owns the Dodge brand, is recalling 19,214 vehicles with a faulty relay, or a switch, inside the engine compartment that may cause fire. This recall includes the following Ram pickup trucks :

  • 2021 Ram 2500
  • 2021 Ram 3500 
  • 2021 Ram 4500 
  • 2021 Ram 5500

Recall summary  

The recalled cars are equipped with Cummings 6.7L diesel engines that have an electric heater that warms up the air coming into the engine and helps it reach running temperatures faster. The operation of this heater is controlled by a so-called solid state relay, which is an electric switch that turns electrical power on and off. This switch may be defective and can short circuit, which may lead to fire in the engine compartment.  This may occur regardless of whether the ignition is on or off.

The defect is caused by a supplier error.

Risks

A fire can be a serious safety concern if it happens while driving. Potential hazards range from failure to stop and evacuate the vehicle in time to increased risks of collision. In addition, a burning vehicle on the road is a threat to other drivers and their passengers. 

Safety tips

Chrysler does not explicitly say this, but in the case of other recent recalls because of an increased fire risk, manufacturers like Hyundai have recommended to park recalled vehicles outside and away from structures, such as houses and garages.

For tips on what to do if your vehicle catches fire, please read this article about a Hyundai recall.

Other Chrysler recalls

In November, over 19,000 Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 pickup trucks were part of a recall due to the driver-side mirror issue, where the mirror glass detached from the backing plate and no longer showed a reflection of what was behind.

The repair

To fix the issue, dealers will install a protective barrier around the relay. If it short-circuits, the barrier will act as a thermoresistant capsule, which will contain the spread of heat and prevent the fire. The repairs are free of charge. The recall begins on April 30.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Ram recall includes over 19,000 pickups. To see if your Ram is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Mazda recalls 13,857 cars over faulty liftgate

Pleasanton, CA – March 29, 2021 – Mazda (OTCMKTS:MZDAY) is recalling 13,857 vehicles whose power liftgates may lower unexpectedly, increasing the risk of injury. A power liftgate is a motorized trunk lid that opens and closes electronically. The recall includes 2021 CX 30 Mazda SUVs, as well as the 2020 model year of the same car. The affected component is the power liftgate drive unit with part numbers DFR7 62 6EXB and DFR7 63 6EXB.

Recall summary  

This recall affects these Mazda’s power liftgates, which allow drivers  to open and close the trunk with the touch of a button. The trunk lid can lower itself unexpectedly from a fully opened position. This will only happen  when the car is parked uphill facing the hill.

The defect is caused by a supplier error, as well as “high ambient temperatures.”

Risks

Although this defect is not supposed the liftgate to lower completely, there is still a risk of injury. This may happen when a person opens a liftgate and leans inside the trunk to gain access to stored objects. If the liftgate unexpectedly lowers during this period, he or she may hit it while standing back up. 

Other Mazda recalls

In June of last year, over 12,000 Mazda CX 30 2020 were recalled due to a fire risk caused by a disconnected hose in the trunk

The repair

To fix the issue, Mazda dealers will update the liftgate software and check serial numbers on drive units. If the units are found to be defective, they will be replaced. The repair is free of charge. The recall begins on April 19.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Mazda recall includes 13,857 vehicles. To see if your Mazda CX 30 is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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