25 reported fires or melting incidents in the U.S. and Canada caused by the problem
Video: NBC News
The Korean automakers are recalling more than 281,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of the problem, but they haven’t figured out how to fix it yet. The automakers reported 25 fires or melting incidents in the U.S. and Canada caused by the problem, but no crashes or injuries.
The recalls cover more than 245,000 Hyundai Palisade and over 36,000 Kia Telluride SUVs from the 2020 through 2022 model years.
In documents posted Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the companies said debris and moisture can accumulate in a circuit board in the tow hitch wiring. That can cause an electrical short, which can lead to a fire.
“Owners are advised to park outside and away from structures until the recall repair is complete,” Hyundai said in its defect notice to NHTSA. “As an interim repair, dealers will inspect the tow hitch module and remove the fuse, as necessary, free of charge. The final remedy is currently under development.”
Hyundai said that dealers will inspect the wiring and remove a fuse as an interim repair. Kia doesn’t have an interim repair. The companies say a final repair is being developed.
In addition, dealers from both automakers have stopped selling the affected SUVs until repairs are made.
How can I tell if my Hyundai Palisade or Kia Telluride is affected by this recall?
Vehicle owners can visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle is under recall. Owners can also download NHTSA’s SaferCar app for Apple or Android. Enter the vehicle, tires, car seat, or other vehicle equipment, and the app will push a notification if a recall is issued.
More news can be found at:
- More than 280,000 Hyundai and Kia vehicles are recalled over fears they could catch on fire if parked inside – NBC News
- Hyundai, Kia tell SUV owners with tow hitches to park outside due to fire risk – AutoBlog
- Park outside: Fire risk prompts Hyundai, Kia hitch recalls – The Associated Press (AP)
- Consumer Alert: Important Hyundai and Kia Recalls for Fire Risk – NHTSA
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