Kia recalls nearly 295,000 vehicles in the U.S. after NHTSA’s recommendation as the engines could stall or catch fire.
Dealers would inspect the engine compartment for fuel or oil leaks, perform an engine test and make any repairs, replace the engine if necessary, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) said. Kia is currently developing a Knock Sensor Detection System software update.
The move comes after the U.S. government fined Kia and affiliated Korean automaker Hyundai for allegedly delaying recalls. Kia and affiliate Hyundai Motor Co agreed to a $210 million civil penalties after U.S. auto safety regulators said they failed to recall 1.6 million vehicles for engine issues on time. Kia’s civil penalty totaled $70 million, including an upfront payment of $27 million, requirements to spend $16 million on specified safety measures, and a potential $27 million deferred penalty. Kia denied the U.S. allegations but said it wanted to avoid a protracted legal fight.
Engine failure and fire problems with Kia and Hyundai have been seen in the companies for more than five years. In 2019, both companies had recalled cars after National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating Kia and Hyundai engine fires.