Hyundai and Kia recalling more than 281,000 vehicles, warning customers of potential fire risk

Automakers reported 25 fires or meltdown incidents in the US and Canada caused by the problem, but no accidents or injuries.

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DETROIT– Hyundai and Kia are telling owners of some of their large SUVs to park them outdoors and away from buildings following a series of towbar wiring fires.

Korean automakers are recalling more than 281,000 vehicles in the US over the problem, but they haven’t found a solution yet. Automakers reported 25 fires or meltdown incidents in the US and Canada caused by the problem, but no accidents or injuries.

The recalls affect more than 245,000 Hyundai Palisade and over 36,000 Kia Telluride SUVs from the 2020 to 2022 model years.

In documents released Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the companies said dirt and moisture can collect on a circuit board in the trailer hitch wiring. This can cause an electrical short circuit, which can lead to a fire.

Hyundai said dealers will examine the wiring and remove a fuse as a temporary fix. Kia has no intermediate repair. The companies say a definitive fix is ​​being developed.

In addition, the dealers of both car manufacturers have stopped selling the affected SUVs until they are repaired.

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