A growing number of Kia and Hyundai vehicles has been catching fire, resulting in at least one death and several injuries. Nonprofit the Center for Auto Safety has called for a full recall of all 2011 to 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata models and 2010 to 2015 Kia Soul vehicles due to these dangerous and horrific accidents. As of October 2018, there have been more than 230 consumer complaints of vehicles bursting into flames reported since 2010.
The fires are non-collision fires, meaning a car may be parked or driving when it bursts into flames, an act which can damage the car to non-working condition. In addition to fires, there have also been hundreds of additional complaints of car problems including burning odors, smoke and melted wires in the engine bay. Some cars that have caught fire had babies and families inside of them.
If you or a loved one has one of these vehicles, and it has caught on fire and caused serious injuries or death, you may be entitled to compensation. Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann is a consumer protection law firm accepting clients from all over the country. We represent clients who have been harmed and injured by products they have purchased. We can help you. Contact us for a free consultation.
- There are nearly 3 million vehicles that have been sold that may pose fire risks and dangers
- The Center for Auto Safety petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration back in June 2018 to investigate fire complaints
- A man burned to death in a Kia Soul in 2017
- There have been more than 200 kia fires reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and 91 involve 2011 to 2014 Kia Optimas and Kia Sorentos
- Hyundai is Kia’s sister company, manufacturing the Sante Fe and Sonata, and there have been 70 fires total in 2011 to 2014 Santa Fe and Sonata models
- In November 2018, CEOs for Kia and Hyunda refused to attend a congressional hearing regarding the car fires
Those who drive Kia or Hyundai vehicles that may pose fire dangers should be aware of the warning signs before the fire. The Center for Auto Safety reports with the majority of complaints, the vehicles experienced flames and/or smoke coming from the engine bay. Shortly after, the entire car is quickly engulfed in flames. The fire can happen while the car is in motion or when it is stopped. Several victims have reported the inability to open their door after the fire, resulting in needing help from the outside.
The Center for Auto Safety says since it called for an investigation into the vehicles, it has seen reports of nearly one fire every day across the five models. It can take months or years for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to complete an investigation and enforce a recall.
Kia and Hyundai have released statements claiming because all automobiles contain combustible materials, vehicle fires can happen as a result of complex factors. However, compared to other vehicle makes and models, the frequency of fires in the Kia and Hyundai vehicles mentioned is much higher.
If you have been seriously injured by a vehicle that caught on fire, you should consult with a consumer protection attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
Are There Other Dangerous Malfunctions in Kia and Hyundai Vehicles?
Cars catching on fire isn’t the first major issue for Hyundai and Kia. In 2017, the automakers announced plans to recall nearly 1.5 million vehicles in the United States and South Korea due to engine issues. The engine defect could cause the vehicles to stall, which would have posed dangers not just to the vehicle drivers, but to other passengers on the road and pedestrians.
Two years before, in 2015, Hyundai recalled 470,000 Sonata sedans due to faulty engine parts. Metal debris in crankshafts could cause damage and lead to possible stalling.
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We use our cars for so much in our daily lives, from getting us to and from work, to transporting our kids to school. When a tool that you use is so essential but poses life-threatening dangers, you and those around you deserve protection.
The Kia and Hyundai vehicles mentioned in this article could harm you, whether you are a driver of one, or a passenger or pedestrian on the street. If you’ve been seriously injured due to the negligence of any vehicle manufacturer, the consumer protection law team at Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann is in your corner. We only take on your case if we feel we can win, and you don’t pay unless we win your case.
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