UPDATED: 6/12/18 9:50 pm ET – adds Kia response
WASHINGTON — The Center for Auto Safety has asked NHTSA to examine certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles built in a U.S. for intensity noncrash glow risk.
The consumer reserve organisation says 120 complaints of fires have been submitted to NHTSA along with 229 complaints of melted wires in a engine bay, fume and blazing odors. The volume of incidents suggests there is a intensity systemic emanate that needs to be found so a pill can be developed, it pronounced in a Monday petition.
The organisation pronounced a vehicles with problems are a Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Santa Fe for indication years 2011-2014. The Sorento, Optima and Santa Fe were built during Kia Motors Manufacturing in West Point, Ga. The Sonata was built during Hyundai’s plant in Montgomery, Ala.
“An critical doubt is either these commonalities prove intensity flaws in a production routine that is estimable of evident investigation, not usually into a vehicles though a slip and reserve processes during these facilities. In a alternative, retailer blunder might be responsible,” a Center for Auto Safety pronounced in a news release.
The advocacy organisation pronounced it is reasonable to interpretation that some-more Kias and Hyundais will knowledge noncollision fires, that could lead to fatalities and injuries.
“Hyundai is wakeful of and is reviewing a petition filed this morning by a Center for Auto Safety in regards to 2011-2014 Sonata and Santa Fe Sport vehicles,” orator Michael Stewart pronounced in an e-mailed statement. “Hyundai actively evaluates intensity reserve concerns with all of a vehicles and acts quickly to remember vehicles with reserve associated defects.
“Should we, in tighten coordination with NHTSA, find that additional remedies in a U.S. are fitting for these vehicles, we will take evident movement to safeguard a reserve of a customers. It is critical to note, however, that a series of reported fires associated to these vehicles is intensely low. Hyundai shares a goals of both a Center for Auto Safety and NHTSA to assure a reserve of a vehicles we sell to a business and put on American roads.”