It’s bad enough to have problems with your car that requiring you to go to a mechanic. But it’s much worse when the work done to repair the problem causes even more problems. That’s the situation apparently facing owners of recalled Kia and Hyundai vehicles.
A media report states that engines had to replaced or repaired on 1.2 million Kia and Hyundai models this past summer and that some repaired vehicles are afterwards “spontaneously bursting into flames.”
One man said Kia replaced his 2013 Sorrento’s engine, but just a few weeks later, the vehicle caught fire as he drove on a highway with his wife and 13-month-old son.
“It was engulfed in flames before I was even really was out of the car,” he told a reporter.
A fire investigator said it appears that fuel pump leaks are the primary cause of the blazes.
“You have the fuel and you have an ignition source and under the right conditions the car can catch on fire,” he said.
Kia mechanics must temporarily remove fuel pumps when they replace recalled engines.
According to the news source, there have been a reported 240 Kia and Hyundai vehicle fires.
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee schedule a hearing on the reported vehicle fires, but it was canceled after the company executives declined to attend.
Hyundai has issued a statement that most of its vehicles that have caught fire have not undergone engine replacements yet, which might well indicate that the problems are at least partially separate from engine-replacement work.
Kia and Hyundai owners who believe they have irreparably flawed vehicles should speak with a Lemon Law attorney about their legal options.