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It appears that Ford isn’t the only automaker to be making recalls on its vehicles. Hyundai and Kia are recalling over 1.4 million cars in the United States, Canada, and South Korea. The cause? There’s trouble in the engine that can cause it to fail or even stall which can result in car crashes.
This huge recall spans to some of the most popular of the Korean car maker’s brands. Those recalled in the U.S. and Canada included the 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV and Sonata midsize cars. There are also the 2011-2014 Kia Optima midsize models, 2011-2013 Kia Sportage SUVs, and the 2012-2014 Kia Sorento SUVs.
The vehicles that are being recalled in South Korea are the 2009-20012 Hyundai Grandeur and Sonata sedans as well as the Kia K5, K7 and Sportage models. All these vehicles, as well as the ones mentioned in the United States and Canada, have 2-Liter or 2.4-Liter gasoline engines.
Both Hyundai and Kia announced Friday that documents from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that there could be debris left over from manufacturing in the engines which could then result in the restriction of oil flow to connecting rod bearings. Those rods are cooled by the oil, but the restriction can lead to increase in temperature which will then cause the rod bearings to wear and fail. This ultimately leads to the engine stalling.
Hyundai and Kia will begin alerting owners of the recall while dealers begin inspecting engines. Dealers are to begin replacing the block in the engine free of charge to owners. There have been no reports of any crashes or series injuries sustained as a result of the engine default.
The recall is the second largest that has occurred in the past two years for the same engine problem. Back in September of 2015, Hyundai recalled over 470,000 of its 2011 and 2012 Sonata sedans that had the same engines.
So, what are owners looking out for? Both companies say that owners will hear a knocking sound in the engine that will increase in frequency as the engine speed increases. There can also be engine lights on the dashboard that will be coming on. The recall is to take place beginning May 19th.