The Center For Auto Safety (CAS) says there have been over 220 complaints about vehicle fires without collisions since 2010, and another 200 complaints about melted wires as well as smoke and burning odors.
The vehicles at issue include the:
- 2011-2014 Kia Sorento
- 2011-2014 Optima
- 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata
- 2011-2014 Santa Fe
- 2010-2015 Kia Soul
The fires are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of a 2017 probe into Hyundai and Kia engine failures.
Hyundai said, “An exhaustive study has confirmed that there is no defect trend outside of that identified in the related recalls causing non-collision fires in Hyundai vehicles.”
Kia said, “KMA recognizes that customer safety is paramount and is committed to addressing every thermal incident. To quickly and effectively address these incidents… (we’ve hired) an independent senior fire expert.”