Pesky Fuel Pumps: Hyundai/Kia recall 113,000 recent model year vehicles for fire risk

Toronto, Ontario — A slew of new models from Hyundai and Kia are due for some recall-induced rest, as the Korean OEM makes the call to pull 113,000 model year 2023 and 2024 vehicles from North American roads for fire risks.

This latest recall concerns Hyundai 2023 to 2024 Palisade, 2023 Tucson, Sonata, Elantra, and Kona vehicles and 2023 to 2024 Seltos and 2023 Kia Soul, Sportage vehicles, according to Reuters.

Far less affected than our neighbours to the south, Canada is due to recall 11,000 Hyundai vehicles and 10,700 Kia vehicles for what the OEM has determined to be damaged electrical components that could cause a vehicle’s fuel pump to overheat.

There are currently a total of ten reported fires attributed to the pair of automakers, although luckily no injuries or deaths have occurred.

Hyundai/Kia reportedly told the U.S.’s Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in March that it had eliminated the suspected defective part from production, but that customers who do not feel comfortable driving their vehicles are entitled to a rental vehicle courtesy of the OEM.

The pair of companies say they will begin notifying customers of the recall in late September, after which time dealers will begin offering fuel pump inspections for potentially affected vehicles.

Both the automakers and the NHTSA remind drivers of these vehicles to watch out for the smell of melting plastic, as that is typically a clear indicator of damaged electronics.


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