The safety group for vehicles demanded Kia and Hyundai to recall their 2.9M cars & SUVs from the US as customers complained as it may catch fire. On Friday, the Auto Safety Center said that more than two hundred and twenty complaints have been registered since 2010 to the government of US related to fire issues along with other two hundred complaints related to melted wires, burning odors and smoke. The complaint includes Kia Optima and Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata of 2011 to 2014. It includes Kia Soul of the year 2010 to 2015.
The fire cases are investigated by Highway Safety Administration from the year 2017 which checked the failures in Kia and Hyundai engine. Such cases made it clear that Kia and Hyundai design and manufacture cars with poor quality, the executive director of center, Jason Levine said. The reports of fire came across the nation which included a death case in April 2017 in Ohio, he said. The automaker Hyundai says that it monitors all safety concerns & quickly recalls the defective vehicles. The company has a powerful system which monitors and investigates the fire incidents that includes reporting and investigation to NHTSA when required, said the officials of company.
While, Kia said that they use third party investigators for such incidents to find the real cause so as to address it. The fire caught by a vehicle can have multiple complex factors like manufacturing defects, improper maintenance, installing parts afterwards, improper repairs or other issues, and have to be evaluated carefully by a trained and qualified investigator, said the company. In June, a petition was filed by Auto Safety Center against NHTSA in order to investigate fires apart from engine failures. Also, the agency told that it will evaluate the petition as it requested data from the automakers.