Hyundai and Kia advise owners to park SUVs outside due to fire risk
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, announced two serious recalls related to the popular Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade three-row SUVs. The two vehicles share many components, including an electronic trailer hitch assembly that is now causing some concern. In total, approximately 300,000 vehicles are included in the two related recalls.
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According to NHTSA, the recall affects both Kia and Hyundai vehicles. Impact vehicles are “…potentially equipped with a genuine Kia (or Hyundai) 4-pin tow hitch harness installed as original equipment or purchased as an accessory from a Kia (or Hyundai) Debris and moisture buildup on the tow hitch harness module printed circuit board (PCB) can cause an electrical short, which could result in a fire.”
Letters sent to owners of Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade vehicles say: “Owners are advised to park outside and away from structures until the recall repair is complete.” This warning is reminiscent of the Chevrolet Bolt recall that recently began to be resolved. Parking lots began posting signs stating that the model was not allowed to park due to the risk of fire and manufacturer guidelines.
The Kia recall has an NHTSA campaign number of 22V626000, and the Hyundai campaign has an NHTSA campaign number of 22V633000.
A Hyundai document posted on the NHTSA’s recall website also says dealers have been ordered to stop selling the affected vehicles. This is a very bad time for dealers to stop selling any vehicle, given the severe inventory shortages. Owners with a Kia Telluride or Hyundai Palisade on order may experience delays.
Hyundai says owners can continue to drive these vehicles. A cure is not yet available. Owners will be alerted via US mail when recall updates occur.
If you own a Hyundai or Kia vehicle and would like to see if your vehicle is included in the recall campaign, you can find a link to the company search tool below:
Image courtesy of Kia.
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