Kia and Hyundai took an unusual step in their latest product recall. The automakers recently announced a recall of 3.37 million vehicles in the U.S. due to a potential fire risk.
The recall affects several Hyundai and Kia models, including the Kia Soul, Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Santa Fe. The manufacturers cited a possible suspension failure as the result of faulty rear suspension. According to Kia, the suspension failure can cause increased wear and tear and eventually lead to overheating. This can result in potential fire or smoke coming from the vehicles.
Kia and Hyundai developed a fix for the problem and will be replacing the faulty parts with improved components. The automakers also investigate reports related to the issue. Kia and Hyundai will be covering the cost of the repair, and owners of the affected vehicles will not need to pay for any parts or labor.
The recall comes as an early warning sign for automakers, as automakers have been facing increasingly stringent consumer safety standards. These recalls have spooked other auto manufacturers into being more careful in the manufacturing of their vehicles.
The recall comes at a time when the auto industry is facing challenges due to a drop in consumer demand. While the recall could threaten Hyundai and Kia’s popularity, the recall is still necessary as it could affect the safety of drivers.
The Kia and Hyundai recall serves as a timely reminder of the importance of manufacturers and consumers taking a proactive approach to vehicle safety. The recall is a necessary step in the auto industry’s march toward safer vehicles in the future.