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Hyundai and Kia are warning the owners of 90,000 cars to park them outside because they could catch fire.

About 90,000 cars and SUVs manufactured by Hyundai and Kia in the United States are being recalled, with owners being warned to park them outside, far from any buildings or other vehicles.

There have been many prior recalls of Hyundai and Kia automobiles in recent years due to fire safety concerns, so this one is simply the latest in a long line.

A problem with the electronics in a transmission oil pump, part of the “Idle Stop and Go” system, has necessitated the recall of many models. When the car comes to a complete stop, the engine turns off and restarts automatically when the brake is released. It’s a standard on many new cars from various manufacturers. Some electronic components in the recalled Hyundais and Kias can overheat and damage, increasing the danger of “localized melting,” as the carmaker put it, and of fire.

At least four “thermal incidents” have been reported to Hyundai about this problem, but there have been no reported collisions or injuries. According to claims made by both parties, six cases of “localized melting” have been reported by Kia, however there have been no related accidents, injuries, or fatalities.

Drivers should keep an eye on the dashboard for any warning lights that could indicate a problem. According to documentation published on the NHTSA’s auto safety website, drivers should also keep an eye out for smoke coming from below the vehicle as well as burning or melting scents.

New models are in play.

The recall affects the 2023 Elantra, Sonata, Tucson, and Kona, as well as the 2023 and 2024 Palisades produced by Hyundai. In the United States alone, some 52,000 Hyundai vehicles are affected by this recall, with another 11,000 or so in Canada.

Nearly 40,000 additional US-based Kia vehicles are being recalled. Model years 2023 and 2024 Kia Seltos and Soul cars, as well as the 2023 and 2024 Kia Sportage, are included.

Owner notification of the recall is expected to commence in late September from the respective companies. Vehicle owners will be notified to have the oil pump, if necessary, replaced at no cost at an authorized dealer.

Nearly 500,000 Hyundai and Kia owners were sent a similar warning last year to avoid parking their cars too close to buildings. There was an issue with the electrical control system for the anti-lock brakes. In 2022, Hyundai and Kia recalled over 250,000 vehicles due to a trailer hitch wiring issue, again advising drivers to park in an open area. There was a recall in 2021 involving 380,000 Kia automobiles due to a potential fire hazard from electronic circuits beneath the hood. Kia recalled 295,000 vehicles in 2020 due to gasoline leaks that could cause fires while on the road. In 2021, Hyundai recalled 82,000 of its electric vehicles due to a problem with the lithium-ion batteries that may result in the cars catching fire even when they were parked.

In the United States, Kia and Hyundai are treated as two independent entities, yet both are actually subsidiaries of the Hyundai Motor Group in South Korea.

Many of the companies’ earlier models lacked standard anti-theft systems, which has led to an unprecedented increase in vehicle thefts. The anti-theft hardware and software on such vehicles is a recent addition for both Hyundai and Kia.

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