Group seeks recalls from Hyundai, Kia
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.