Hyundai and Kia have issued cautionary notices to owners of over 570,000 vehicles to park away from structures, due to a fire risk. According to Car and Driver, the company has issued a recall for the following cars:
- 2019–2023 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2022–2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz
- Kia Carnival
The company cited faulty tow-hitch harness fitment from the factory or dealer accessories as possible causes of the fire risk. It added that water accumulation on the tow-hitch harness circuit board may cause an electrical fire.
According to Hyundai, out of the 567,912 recalled models, only 1% have the actual defect. Likewise, Kia has recalled 3,555 vehicles but has cited a 1% defect rate.
According to the details, Hyundai will inspect the recalled vehicles and remove the tow hitch harness to work on a permanent solution. Once the repair is finalized, the company dealers will install a new fuse and wire extension kit.
Kia, on the other hand, will first verify whether the vehicle has a company-fitted accessory tow hitch, and install a new fuse and wire extension kit as needed.
I hope Kia Sportage is OK 👍