Hyundai and Kia Recall over 285,000 vehicles
Hyundai and Kia are warning owners of their popular Palisade and Telluride SUVs to park them away from structures and other flammable items if equipped with a factory accessory tow hitch harness because they may catch fire.
The automakers reported fires or incidents in the U.S. and Canada caused by the problem, but no crashes or injuries and they are still working out details of how to fix the problem.
More than 285,000 vehicles equipped with the OEM-spec harness that comes with either the integrated tow package or a dealer-installed accessory hitch are the vehicles being recalled.
In documents posted by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the companies said debris and moisture can accumulate in a circuit board in the tow hitch wiring. That can cause an electrical short, which can lead to a fire. An accessory tow hitch sold through dealerships may allow moisture into the harness module, causing a short circuit. In some cases, an electrical short can cause a vehicle fire while driving or while parked and turned off.
The recalls from the two Korean automakers are another in a long string of fire and engine failure problems that have dogged the companies for the past six years.
If your vehicle is on the list of those being recalled, you will be receiving a letter as to what action you need to take. If you don't want to wait for the letter, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says owners can also go to www.nhtsa.gov and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their automobile is being recalled.
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