An engine manufacturing issue with Kia vehicles has been found to result in the vehicles catching fire. However, Kia has not announced a recall, although a consumer advocacy group is pushing the company to recall almost three million Kias and Hyundais.
According to one man from Michigan, his Kia Optima was a great vehicle until it caught fire at the end of February unexpectedly. The man was driving home during rush hour when the engine stalled. The man coasted to the shoulder of the road to call for assistance. Smoke began coming up from the hood, and the man exited the vehicle. He called 911, and by the time help arrived, the entire engine and hood were engulfed in flames.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute, which analyzes data from insurance companies, Kias and Hyundais have been known to catch fire unexpectedly. Experts say that when these fires occur, it typically results in a total loss. The problems can often occur when the vehicle is turned off. As a result of the fires, there have been higher insurance claim rates for the following vehicles: 2011-2015 Kia Optimas, 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonatas, 2011-2015 Kia Sorentos, 2011-15 Kia Sorentos, 2011-2012 Hyundai Santa Fes, and 2013-14 Hyundai Santa Fe Sports. In November, a Senate committee asked the CEOs of Kia and Hyundai to testify about the risk of fire. Executives for the companies refused to testify.
Hyundai and Kia have acknowledged that there are millions of vehicles that are experiencing engine failure, which can result in fires, but they have not recalled their vehicles. If you believe that you have suffered harm because of a defective automobile, you should speak with an attorney. If you are in the Houston area, call the Houston product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on LinkedIn to learn more.