If you drive a Hyundai or a Kia, beware: the vehicles’ manufacturers have issued a recall, due to their recently discovered propensity to catch fire. Owners of “2016-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2017-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL, 2014-2015 Hyundai Tucson, and 2014-2016 Kia Sportage SUVs, and the 2016-2018 Kia K900 sedan” should park their cars outdoors, away from structures, until necessary repairs are completed. They can catch fire even when shut off and parked.
Why is there a recall?
According to Consumer Reports, the vehicles all share the same faulty component: a “Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), that’s part of the anti-lock braking system (ABS).” While the automotive manufacturers have not yet definitively identified the cause of the fires, they all share the same problematic HECU.
If you notice smoke coming from the engine compartment, an illuminated ABS warning light or a burning or melting smell, park your vehicle away from structures and get out. Call a mechanic right away: your vehicle may catch fire.
Otherwise, your car manufacturer will replace the faulty fuses. They began issuing notices in March 2022. If you didn’t receive one, contact your dealership or manufacturer directly.
What to do if you’re injured in a Kia or Hyundai car fire
If you’ve been injured in a Kia or Hyundai car fire, and suspect it may be due to faulty ABS components, help is available. When you call the Law Offices of Tim Misny, we’ll review your claim and explain your legal options.
First, seek medical attention immediately. Once your condition is stable, contact our firm. There may be a number of ways your case could proceed. One of the most likely avenues for compensation is a products liability lawsuit.
In products liability lawsuits, plaintiffs allege that a manufacturer either produced an item which was either inherently dangerous for its intended use (design defect), failed to warn consumers about potential dangers or suffered from a manufacturing defect. Our attorneys may recommend forming a class action or other multi-plaintiff suit, depending on how many parties are affected.
These lawsuits may result in compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and a number of other damages. The type of damages you can receive depend on your injuries, the circumstances of the case and Ohio law. The best way to find out what legal recourse is available is to call our firm as soon as possible.
Discuss your case with an Ohio personal injury lawyer today
Have you been injured due to a recalled vehicle? When you’re hurt, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (877) 944-4373 so that I can evaluate your case right away. We may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.