Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have recalled over 600,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada because of brake fluid leak that could cause engine fires.
According to reports, the recalls cover more than 440,000 Kia Optima midsize sedans from 2013 through 2015 and Kia Sorento SUVs from 2014 and 2015. Also covered are 203,000 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs from 2013 to 2015.
The affiliated automakers say brake fluid can leak inside a hydraulic control unit for the anti-lock brakes, possibly causing an electrical short that can lead to fires.
Kia will begin its recall by October 15, while Hyundai’s will start October 23. Dealers for both firms will inspect the control units for leaks and replace them if needed at no cost to owners.
Documents obtained from both automakers’ posted by the U.S safety regulators reveal that Hyundai had 15 reports of engine fires caused by the fluid leaks, while Kia had eight. Hyundai said it’s not aware of any injuries, and Kia said it had none.
Hyundai said in a statement that there’s no need to park vehicles outdoors before the problem is fixed, but if the anti-lock brake warning light comes on, owners should not drive their vehicles and should contact a dealer. They also should disconnect the 12-volt battery by removing the positive cable, the company said.
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