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U.S. safety regulators step up probe into Hyundai, Kia engine fires

The National Freeway Website traffic Security Administration (NHTSA) has stepped up its probe into engine fires that have plagued some Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp motor vehicles for much more than six yrs.

The U.S. car security agency reported it experienced opened an “engineering examination” masking about 3 million motor vehicles to consider, among other issues, the efficacy of recollects initiated by the two automakers. The agency additional that it was conscious of 161 fires taking place likely due to engine failures.

An engineering examination is the up coming move in a course of action that could direct to a recall, even though in some cases NHTSA closes these probes without having requiring any action.

The agency experienced opened an investigation in 2019 masking the 2011-2014 Kia Optima and Sorento and the 2010-2015 Kia Soul, together with the 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe to examine occasions of non-crash fires.

Hyundai reported on Monday it continues to entirely cooperate with NHTSA in regards to non-collision engine fires. Kia did not answer to a request for comment.

The two South Korean companies experienced agreed to a report $210 million civil penalty very last calendar year right after regulators reported they unsuccessful to recall one.six million motor vehicles for engine difficulties in a well timed style.