Group seeks re­calls from Hyundai, Kia

The Washington Post - - ECONOMY & BUSINESS -

A non­profit auto safety group is de­mand­ing that Hyundai and Kia re­call 2.9 mil­lion cars and SUVs in the United States over com­plaints that they can catch fire.

The Cen­ter for Auto Safety said there have been more than 220 com­plaints to the U.S. gov­ern­ment since 2010 about fires and an ad­di­tional 200 com­plaints about melted wires, as well as smoke and burn­ing odors.

The com­plaints in­volve the 2011-2014 Kia Sorento and Op­tima and the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe, as well as the 20102015 Kia Soul.

The Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fires as part of a 2017 probe into Hyundai and Kia en­gine fail­ures.

The fire re­ports have come from across the coun­try, in­clud­ing a death in Ohio in April 2017, the cen­ter’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Ja­son Levine, said Fri­day.

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