Hyundai and Kia Recall 1.2M Cars for Possible Engine Failure

  • Hyundai and Kia Recall 1.2M Cars for Possible Engine Failure

Hyundai and Kia Recall 1.2M Cars for Possible Engine Failure

On Friday Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp announce plans to recall more than 1.5 million vehicles in The U.S. and South Korea. Kia's recall affects about 618,160 examples of the 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage.

All have either 2-Liter or 2.4-Liter gasoline engines.

The issue, according to documents released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, is caused by debris left in the manufacturing process that can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. Owners will have to head to the dealership, where technicians will inspect and potentially replace the engine. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at -888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign 17V-226 (Hyundai) or 17V-224 (Kia). Kia owners can expect them a week or so later, around May 25.

The transport ministry said the defect in the Theta 2 engine can cause vehicles to stop suddenly while they are driving. The recall is scheduled to start on May 19.

The Associated Press reports that several popular vehicle and SUV models have engines that could fail and stall, possibly leading to a crash. He said that while the automaker recalled Sonata models manufactured between 2011 and 2012 in the USA for engine defects, it did not do the same for cars in Korea with the same engines.

Hyundai and Kia combined are the world's fifth-largest automaker.

The automaker extended warranty coverage for all 2011-2014 Kia Optimas with 2.0L and 2.4L GDI engines to 10 years or 120,000 miles. The Hyundai spokesperson said the latest recall involved a new problem.

Kia is a smaller affiliate of Hyundai.