Kia, Hyundai Recall More Than 400,000 Vehicles Due to Engine Problems

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Kia Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 295,000 vehicles and Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling almost 129,000 vehicles due to engines that can stall or catch fire, U.S. auto safety regulators announced this month. While the South Korea-based automakers are separate companies, they share many of the same parts, such as the Gamma, Nu, Theta II, and Lambda engines.

The recalls of more than 400,000 vehicles are due to potential engine failure. A manufacturing issue can cause worn connecting rod bearings to poke holes in the engine block, dumping oil onto the hot engine components and potentially creating a fire. Owners of these recalled vehicles may hear the engine making a knocking noise, or the oil pressure or check engine light might turn on. Motorists may smell something burning, see oil leaks and smoke, and notice reduced engine power as well. The affected vehicles could stall while traveling at high speeds, greatly increasing the chance of an accident.

Auto dealers will inspect engines for oil leaks, perform an engine test, and replace the engine or make repairs, if necessary. The recalls came a week after Kia and Hyundai agreed to a $210 million civil penalty after they failed to recall over 1.5 million vehicles for engine issues in a timely fashion.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating Hyundai and Kia engine fires last year. The NHTSA opened the probe after an auto safety nonprofit filed a petition seeking an investigation. When the inquiry was launched, the NHTSA reported there had been vehicle owner complaints of more than 3,000 fires, over 100 injuries, and one fatality.

What Hyundai Models Are Currently Recalled?

Hyundai recalled 128,948 units, including:

  • 2012 Santa Fe with 2.4-liter inline-4 Theta II multi-port injection engine
  • 2015-2016 Veloster with 1.6-liter inline-4 Gamma gasoline direct injection engine
  • 2011-2013 Sonata Hybrid with 2.4-liter inline-4 Theta II multi-port injection engine
  • 2016 Sonata Hybrid with 2.0-liter inline-4 Nu engine

What Kia Models Are Currently Recalled?

Kia recalled 294,756 units, including:

  • 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid with 2.4-liter inline-4 Theta II multi-port injection engine
  • 2012-2013 Sorento SUV with 2.4-liter inline-4 Theta II multi-port injection engine
  • 2012 Sportage SUV with 2.4-liter inline-4 Theta II multi-port injection engine
  • 2012-2013 Forte and Forte Koup with 2.4-liter Theta II engine
  • 2014-2015 Forte, Forte Koup, and Soul with 2.0-liter Nu engine
  • 2014-2015 Kia Soul with 2.0-liter inline-4 Nu engine

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If you have been injured in an accident that involved a recalled Hyundai or Kia vehicle, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The Philadelphia car defect attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., are ready to help. Our law firm has extensive experience handling complex auto defect cases. In fact, our attorneys secured a landmark verdict of $55.3 million for a client who suffered a spinal injury due to a defective seatbelt. This was the largest award ever in an auto defect case in Pennsylvania.

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