South Korean automakers have recalled thousands of Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride vehicles for a trailer hitch issue.
Owners of certain Hyundai and Kia SUVs that were recently recalled due to fire hazards should park them outdoors and away from homes until they are repaired, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.
South Korean automakers last week recalled thousands of Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride vehicles manufactured from 2020 to 2022, citing a fire hazard while parked or driving due to a trailer hitch issue, a report said. shown the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
A repair for the issue has not been identified and no fires, accidents or injuries have been confirmed, the department said in a consumer alert.
However, Kia said in a statement on Tuesday that six fires have been reported in 2020 model year Telluride vehicles, five of which involved “localized melting only.” The 2021 or 2022 models had no fire and were included in the recall as a precaution, he added.
Kia said it would reimburse owners for repair costs already incurred.
The Transportation Department did not respond to a request for comment on the apparent discrepancy with Kia over the fires.
“An accessory tow hook sold through dealers may allow moisture to enter the harness module causing a short circuit,” the consumer alert said. “In some cases, an electrical short can cause a vehicle fire while driving or when parked and turned off.”
A Hyundai spokesperson later said there were three confirmed fires at Palisade in Canada, but none in the United States. The automaker is aware of eight “merger” related incidents in the United States and eight in Canada, the spokesperson added, with no accidents or injuries.
Once a repair is available, owners of affected vehicles will be advised to take their SUV to a Hyundai or Kia dealership, according to the alert.
The recalls affected 245,030 Hyundai Palisade vehicles and 36,417 Kia Telluride vehicles, the consumer alert added.