Joined Korean carmakers are deterred by fire and engine failure across the country. Both are being investigated by the US National Road Traffic Safety Administration, which is trying to find out whether the original seizures cover enough vehicles. But the agency is closed mostly due to exclusion.
In addition to the withdrawal, every automaker claims to be launching a "product improvement campaign" covering a total of 3.7 million vehicles to install software to warn drivers of possible engine failures. and send cars in reduced speed mode if problems are detected.
NHTSA officials who do safety investigations and alert notifications do not work. Under normal circumstances, the Agency will review withdrawals to make sure they are adequate and publish details on the Agency's website.
Kia spokesperson James Bell said the company continues with seizure and campaign despite government delays.
convenient for customers is much more important than to make sure that right now we follow further governmental processes, "he said. Kiaya sent letters to dealers around January 1
But the American auto safety advocate called the recall inadequate and said that product improvement campaigns should be remembered that are being watched by NHTSA.
The NHTSA spokeswoman said she could not comment on the exclusion.
Hyundai and Kia started downloading 1.7 million vehicles in 2015 – about 618,000 of which are kias – because production waste can limit the oil flow to the washers' bearings. This could result in bearing wear in 2-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines. The problem can also cause fires. In many cases, repair is an expensive substitute for the engine block.
Companies now admit that changing the engine may not have been done properly by traders in all cases. According to a Kia statement, the high pressure fuel line may have been damaged, leveled or incorrectly tightened until the engines were replaced during a seizure. This may allow the fuel to leak out and hit hot parts of the engine causing fires
Kia says there are six fires reported among vehicles that have been pulled for fuel leaks while Hyundai says there is no fire signals. None of the companies had any reports of injuries.
Fuel Pump Pumps cover some cars from 2011 until 2014 Kia Optima, 2012 to 2014 Sorento SUV and 2011 through SUV Sportage 2013, all with 2-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines. Also included are many Hyundai Sonata cars from 2011 until 2014 as well as the Santa Fe Sport for 2013 and 2014
More than 2 million sonatas for 2011 from 2011 to 2018 and sports Santa Fe games from 2013 to 2018 are covered by the software and engine update of the sensor. About 1,7 million kioscs, including 2011 to 2018 Optima, 2012 to 2018 Sorento and 2011 to 18 Sportage covered
The companies say the owners of the withdrawn cars will be notified by letter. Dealers will check the fuel pipe for leaks and replace the pipe if necessary.
Kia made just the fix of 68,000 of the 618,000 cars that were downloaded due to engine problems while Hyundai pulled 100,000 more than 1 million. According to Hyundai, only vehicles whose engines have been replaced in previous shots are covered by the new seizure.
Jason Levyne, executive director of the non-governmental car safety center, said Kia restricted the last seizure to a relatively small number of vehicles without a suitable car. explanation, raising more questions than answering. He said some consumers complained about fires in vehicles that were not involved in seizing the engine repair.
He also expressed concern over the government's influence on NHTSA's closure, which he believes should be open to addressing critical safety reminders. "This is the right situation for people to have security and enforcement to get in and do their jobs," he said.
The latest notice posted on the NHTSA website is from December 18, four days before the start of the suspension. The agency said "can recall employees if NHTSA learns about suspended features that involve unavoidable threats to the safety of human life or the protection of property."
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