Hyundai and Kia recall nearly 92,000 cars and urge outdoor parking due to fire risk

Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 92,000 cars in the U.S. due to concerns of overheating oil pump controllers potentially causing fires, and are urging owners to park their vehicles outdoors.

Details: The recall includes 2023 Tucson, Sonata, Elantra and Kona vehicles by Hyundai, and 2023 Soul and Sportage vehicles, as well as 2023 and 2024 Seltos models by Kia.
* Hyundai has reported four incidents and Kia six, none of which resulted in fires or injuries.

Communication plan: Hyundai will notify affected owners by letter starting September 25, whereas Kia will begin notifications on September 28.
* If any damage to oil pumps is found, it will be replaced by local dealers free of charge.

Identifying a risk vehicle: Kia noted that owners may know their car is affected if various warning lamps light up, the vehicle enters “limp home mode,” the engine does not switch off, there is smoke from the engine compartment, or the vehicle is inoperable.
* Hyundai asks its potentially impacted owners to continue driving but recommends parking vehicles outside and away from structures.

Background: Both recalls are related to damaged electrical components in the Idle Stop & Go (ISG) oil pump, known for its fuel-saving function by shutting down the engine when the vehicle is stationary.
* This recall follows another joint recall by the companies five months ago, which affected 571,000 vehicles and was also fire-related, due to faulty tow hitch harnesses.

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