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Hyundai, Kia Recall 1.4 Million Cars, SUVs Due to Engine Failure and Stalling

This is a new recall for an old problem.

Roughly 1.4 million Hyundai and Kia cars and SUVs are being recalled by the South Korean-based automaker due to a safety risk associated with the vehicles’ engine failure and stalling. It’s an issue that the company had with other models two years ago.

Fortunately there are no known injuries or collisions. The recalled vehicles, which are located in the United States, Canada and South Korea, are some of the auto manufacturer’s most popular models. The U.S./Canada recalled vehicles are all either a 2-liter or 2.4-liter gasoline engine as follows:

  • 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV
  • 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Sonata midsize cars
  • 2011 to 2013 Kia Sportage SUV
  • 2011 to 2014 Kia Optima midsize cars
  • 2012 to 2014 Kia Sorento SUV

The American vehicles were all manufactured at the Hyundai’s engine plant in Alabama.

Hyundai and Kia stated in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the problem stems from debris left over from manufacturing that is inside the engines and restricting oil flow to connecting rod bearings. The oil actually cools the engine so this restriction therefore causes temperatures to rise and bearings to wear and fail prematurely. Some motorists may experience their engine stalling.

Signs of this problem include a knocking sound from the engine that increases as the car speeds up and or engine warning lights on the dashboard display.

Owners who experience these problems should contact their dealerships. Hyundai and Kia are in the process of notifying owners and dealers and the recall is scheduled to begin on May 19.

The recall is the same engine problem Hyundai had two years ago with its 2011 and 2012 Hyundai Sonata sedans. The automaker recalled 470,000 of these vehicles in September 2015.


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Motorists who are grappling with ongoing problems with their Hyundai, Kia or another vehicle, could be eligible for compensation under California and or Federal Lemon Laws.

Johnson Attorneys Group is dedicated to helping people and has served thousands of clients over the years. We helped them resolve their lemon law cases and we can help you. Call us for a FREE CONSULTATION at 800-235-6801. Remember that our attorneys fees do not come out of your settlement because the manufacturer is required to pay them directly to us under California Lemon Laws.

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