NHTSA Investigates Automakers Over Spontaneous Fires
NHTSA Investigates Automakers Over Spontaneous Fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating Kia and Hyundai vehicles over reports of spontaneous fires. The agency has received 402 complaints of the vehicles catching fire with or without a collision, and the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) reports that there have been 120 complaints about spontaneous fires that did not involve crashes. The vehicles in questions are various models of Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe vehicles, and Kia Optima and Sorento vehicles.

The NHTSA investigation comes as a response to a CAS petition to the agency for a probe into the vehicles’ fire risk. The NHTSA was already investigating the automaker for engine failure complaints, and the fire complaints will be an extension of the investigation. The fires may be related to the engine failure issue.

The agency is investigating three recalls made by Kia and Hyundai since 2015, and is looking into whether they followed safety reporting requirements. There has been at least one death reportedly linked to the spontaneous vehicle fires.

“Let’s hope the NHTSA can get to the bottom of this problem quickly and issue any necessary recalls to protect consumers,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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