The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is urging Kia and Hyundai to issue recalls for vehicles that allegedly have an increased risk of catching fire. CAS is the nonprofit group credited with pushing for a recall of Firestone tires almost 20 years ago. Now, the organization is calling on Hyundai and Kia to issue a recall before people are hurt, or worse, killed by an issue that could be affecting the engines in certain vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reportedly received more than 350 complaints involving the alleged defect. According to consumers affected by the issue, their vehicles caught fire without being involved in a collision.
Complaints involve the following Hyundai and Kia vehicles:
- 2011-2014 model-year Kia Optima
- 2011-2014 model-year Kia Sorento
- 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata
- 2011-2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2010-2015 Kia Soul
According to a lawsuit filed against the automakers, the issue may be caused by a defect that restricts the flow of oil to engine parts. The lawsuit claims that as a result of the blockage, the engines in these vehicles may eventually catch fire.
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