Hyundai and Kia recall 1.2M cars for possible engine failure

Mandy Carr
April 8, 2017

Hyundai and Kia are recalling some 1.2 million vehicles, because the engines can fail and stall.

The recall could cost the two companies hundreds of millions of dollar each.

The cars subject to the recall are Hyundai's Sonata (YFa) and Santafe (AN), and Kia's K5 (QF), Sorento (XMa) and Sportage (SL) models. Auto owners are required to visit designated fix and service centers to determine if they qualify for a part replacement, Hyundai Motor said in a statement. Also included are 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata midsize cars.

The ministry said metal debris in crankshafts could cause engine damage, leading to possible engine stalling.

The U.S. recall is the second in the past two years for the same engine problem. In 2015, Hyundai Motor said it would recall 470,000 Sonata sedans in the U.S. to replace faulty engine parts, sparking questions of safety back home.

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But Hyundai and Kia has said that engines produced at domestic factories were not defective.

The automaker extended warranty coverage for all 2011-2014 Kia Optimas with 2.0L and 2.4L GDI engines to 10 years or 120,000 miles. More recalls will follow in the United States.

The Fix: Drivers can take their vehicles to the dealership for a free repair.

The automakers reported the recalls to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on March 31.

If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to call Hyundai customer service at 855-671-3059 and ask about recall #162, or call Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and inquire about recall SC147.

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