Kia and Hyundai recall Telluride and Palisade models due to fire risk

Hyundai and Kia Motors advise owners of certain models to park their cars outdoors and away from structures as they could catch fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this week.

The recall affects 245,030 vehicles from Hyundai’s Palisade SUV model years 2020-2022 and 36,417 vehicles from Kia’s Telluride SUV model of the same years, according to NHTSA.

The two manufacturers estimate that 1% of recalled cars have the defect. Sale of affected models has been discontinued, as required by federal regulations.

Both models have a faulty tow hitch system that can let moisture in and cause a short, which can start a fire.

Documents released by NHTSA on Tuesday revealed that manufacturers still have not figured out how to fix the fault. Hyundai will offer interim repair which will remove the tow hitch module fuse to eliminate the risk of fire.

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Hyundai and KIA said owners of the affected vehicles would receive a notice in the mail in October asking them to take their vehicle to a dealer for inspection and possible repair.

Kia has recalled more than 30,000 Kia Telluride vehicles ranging from model year 2020 to 2022.

Contributor: Associated Press

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