U.S. regulators step up probe into Hyundai-Kia engine failures and fires : NPR

U.S. regulators step up probe into Hyundai-Kia engine failures and fires : NPR

A Hyundai Sonata sits in a Hyundai vehicle dealership in Des Plaines, Ill., in 2012.

A Hyundai Sonata sits in a Hyundai vehicle dealership in Des Plaines, Ill., in 2012. U.S. car protection regulators have stepped up a collection of investigations into motor fires that have plagued Hyundai and Kia automobiles for much more than 6 many years.

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A Hyundai Sonata sits in a Hyundai car dealership in Des Plaines, Sick., in 2012. U.S. vehicle security regulators have stepped up a collection of investigations into motor fires that have plagued Hyundai and Kia automobiles for additional than six years.

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DETROIT — U.S. automobile security regulators have stepped up a collection of investigations into motor fires that have plagued Hyundai and Kia automobiles for extra than 6 several years.

The Nationwide Freeway Traffic Safety Administration claims a new engineering analysis investigation addresses a lot more than 3 million cars from the 2011 via 2016 design years. The agency has received 161 grievances of engine fires, some of which transpired in vehicles that had already been recalled.

Motor failures and fires have dogged the Korean automakers’ motor vehicles considering that September 2015 when the company issued an motor failure recall. Considering the fact that then it has issued at minimum eight far more recollects for a host of engine complications, according to NHTSA files posted on its web site Monday.

The agency claims it truly is opening the engineering evaluation to assess irrespective of whether past recalls coated sufficient vehicles. It also will watch the success of previous remembers “as well as the extensive-time period viability of similar plans and non-basic safety subject actions remaining conducted by Hyundai and Kia.”

The engineering assessment could lead to even further recalls.

Hyundai claimed on Monday that it is cooperating entirely with U.S. regulators.

“Hyundai has taken quite a few proactive actions to address engine challenges, such as conducting various remembers, launching a new engine checking engineering, giving prolonged warranties and improving our purchaser company response,” the business reported in a ready statement. “Hyundai fosters a society of transparency and accountability as the protection of our consumers is the major priority in almost everything we do.”

The auto fires involve the similar Korean automakers’ Theta II GDI, Theta II MPI, Theta II MPI hybrid, Nu GDI and Gamma GDI engines. Versions coated include things like Hyundai’s Sonata, Santa Fe, and Elantra and as perfectly as Kia’s Sorento, Rio, Optima and Soul. Design a long time lined are 2011 by means of 2016.

The company claims a few folks have reported eye and burn up accidents that did not require health-related remedy.

In November of 2020, NHTSA introduced that Kia and Hyundai ought to shell out $137 million in fines and for protection enhancements because they moved way too slowly to remember additional than 1 million autos with engines that can are unsuccessful. The fines take care of a previous probe into the companies’ conduct involving recollects of various designs courting to the 2011 model calendar year.

Kia was to pay back $27 million and invest $16 million in safety overall performance steps. A further $27 million payment will be deferred as very long as Kia satisfies security disorders, NHTSA stated.

Kia denied the U.S. allegations but claimed it required to avoid a protracted legal fight.

Facts gathered by the nonprofit Center for Vehicle Basic safety show 31 U.S. hearth and engine-associated recollects from Hyundai and Kia given that 2015. The recalls entail more than 20 products from the 2006 through 2021 design several years totaling around 8.4 million cars.

A lot of of the recollects associated manufacturing defects that stopped oil from flowing by way of the motor block. A lot of associated high-priced engine replacements.

Hyundai and Kia also did a U.S. “item enhancement campaign” covering 3.7 million automobiles to install software package that will inform motorists of attainable engine failures.