The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it has targetedSouth KoreaAutomaker Hyundai (Hyundai) and Kia has launched investigations into a total of 16 recalls. A total of 6.4 million vehicles may have a brake fluid leak problem that could cause a fire.
Since 2016, the two automakers under the Hyundai Group have launched a series of recalls due to problems with the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU) produced by the same parts supplier.
NHTSA said it is currently conducting audit inquiries to assess Hyundai and Kia’s decision-making errors and compliance with reporting requirements and to obtain information about the various defect descriptions and remedies for each recall.
Hyundai Motor said it fully cooperates with NHTSA and considers ensuring the safety of customers and employees as its top priority; Kia also said it would work closely with NHTSA during the review.
Due to the risk of engine fire, both South Korean automakers recalled a total of 3.37 million vehicles in the United States in September, and reminded owners to park their vehicles outside and away from buildings until repairs were completed. should be done.
Two major automakers reported that brake fluid leakage could cause an electrical short circuit, which could cause a fire.
Hyundai Motor said in September that it had reported 21 fires and 21 other overheating incidents since 2017, while Kia confirmed at least 10 fire and thermal meltdown incidents.
Kia said that due to brake fluid leakage, a short-circuit could occur in the vehicle’s HECU; Hyundai Motor reported that brake fluid may leak into the ABS module, causing a short-circuit in the wires and causing a malfunction.
NHTSA previously alleged that two major Korean automakers failed to timely recall 1.6 million vehicles with engine problems and falsified some information. For this reason, American Hyundai and Kia agreed to accept a record-breaking 210 million yuan in November 2020. Civil penalty.