Heads up Kia and Hyundai Owners
Make: Kia and Hyundai – 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe, and 2010-2015 Kia Soul vehicles
Overview: About 400 complaints of engine fires, engine failures (with and without fires), melted wires. Some cars recalled in 2015, 2017 – others not yet recalled pending a government investigation.
Threat: Cars suddenly catching fire without warning or external trigger, like car crashes. Some crash-related fires as well. Some cars that have been repaired catch fire anyway.
Of Course: It’s free to get a recalled car repaired, but only some fire risk cars have been recalled. Many cars in question have *not* been recalled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating nearly two million cars and may decide more recall solutions are in order. Car safety advocated group, the Center for Auto Safety, is demanding recalls now of three million cross-over models and sedans.
Right Now: Check MotorSafety.org’s recall checker to learn whether your car is under recall. Other makes are recalled for fire risk. Check you car now!
If you smell smoke, melting wires, experience engine failure or see fire —
- Calmly pull over to the right side of the road. If you’re all the way left, pull off to the left
- Turn off your car and carefully step out and away
- Do not stand near your car. You don’t want to be close to a potential fire, of course. And what you may not realize is it’s dangerous on the shoulder where looky-loos often veer toward the direction in which they’re looking – at you on the shoulder! Seriously, people get killed standing on the shoulder all the time. Get away from the car and traffic!
- Call 911
- *And if you are driving a Kia or Hyundai and experience engine failure, a fire could follow. Get over, out and away.