Hyundai and Kia will recall more than 591,000 sedans and crossovers for a faulty anti-lock braking system that can cause an electrical short, which may lead to a fire, the automakers reported to federal safety officials last month.
Hyundai announced it will recall 151,205 2013-2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport crossovers and Kia announced it will recall 283,803 2013-2015 Kia Optima sedans and 156,567 2013-2015 Kia Sorento crossovers. The affected vehicles were made between June 2013 and May 2015 at Kia’s manufacturing plant in Georgia.
At issue is a hydraulic valve within the cars’ anti-lock braking systems (ABS) that can leak brake fluid and cause an electrical short within the system, which increases the risk of a fire within the engine compartment. Kia and Hyundai said they are aware of 23 engine fires that are related to the issue but did not report any injuries.