(MENAFN- AzerNews) Hyundai and Kia are telling the owners of more than 571,000 SUVs
and minivans in the U.S. to park them outdoors because the tow
hitch harnesses can catch fire while they are parked or being
driven, Azernews reports citing wrvo .
The affiliated Korean automakers are recalling the vehicles and
warning people to park them away from structures until repairs are
Affected Hyundai vehicles include the 2019 to 2023 Santa Fe, the
2021 to 2023 Santa Fe Hybrid, the 2022 and 2023 Santa Fe Plug-in
hybrid and the 2022 and 2023 Santa Cruz. The only Kia affected is
the Carnival minivan from 2022 and 2023. All have Hyundai or Kia
tow hitch harnesses that came as original equipment or were
installed by dealers.
The Korean automakers say in documents posted Thursday by U.S.
safety regulators that water can get into a circuit board on the
hitches and cause a short circuit even if the ignitions are
Hyundai has reports of one fire and five heat damage incidents
with no injuries. Kia has no reports of fires or injuries.
Dealers at first will remove the fuse and tow hitch computer
module until a fix is available. Later they will install a new fuse
and wire extension with an improved connector that's waterproof.
Owners will be notified starting May 16.
Last year Hyundai recalled more than 245,000 2020 through 2022
Palisade SUVs for a similar problem.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday
that the latest recall is a direct result of the agency monitoring
the Palisade recall from last year.
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