Safety group wants Hyundai and Kia to re­call 2.9M ve­hi­cles

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

DETROI >> A non­profit auto safety group is de­mand­ing that Hyundai and Kia re­call 2.9 mil­lion cars and SUVs in the U.S. amid con­sumer com­plaints that they can catch fire.

The Cen­ter For Auto Safety said Fri­day that there have been more than 220 com­plaints to the U.S. govern­ment since 2010 about fires and an­other 200 com­plaints about melted wires as well as smoke and burn­ing odors.

The com­plaints in­volve the 2011 through 2014 Kia Sorento and Op­tima and the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe. Also in­cluded is the 20102015 Kia Soul. The fires are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The vol­ume of fires here make it ap­pear that Hyundai and Kia are con­tent to sit back and al­low con­sumers and in­sur­ers to bear the brunt of poorly de­signed, man­u­fac­tured and re­paired ve­hi­cles,” Ja­son Levine, the cen­ter’s ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, said.

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