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Fire risk: Hyundai and Kia recall nearly 300,000 vehicles

Hyundai is recalling 245,000 Palisade SUVs and 36,000 2020, 2021 and 2022 Kia Telluride SUVs due to cable overheating, which could lead to a fire.

A faulty part of a 2020-2022 Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride can cause a short circuit, creating a fire hazard. This is an optional trailer harness kit. This situation is not new, according to George Eene, director of the Motorist Protection Association (APA). “Often it is a corrosion problem that our climate can contribute to,” he explains.

To date, three of the 25 fires reported in North America have occurred in Canada. No injuries or deaths are known to date. Mr. Yini is quite confident: “What is still reassuring is that the number of incidents is reasonable. And manufacturers have responded quickly, which has not always been the case in the past.

Cause of the problem

According to the manufacturers, the risk comes from the accumulation of debris and moisture on the circuit board in the towbar wiring. Thus, a short circuit may occur, which may lead to a fire. This can happen whether the car is moving or stationary, and even turned off.

Currently, two South Korean manufacturers recommend parking the car outside and ideally away from buildings.

Affected vehicles in Canada

According to Transport Canada’s August 24, 2002 update, there are 4,008 Hyundai Palisades subject to recall in Canada. The serial number of the corresponding kit is S8F67AC500. To date, there is no possibility of repair by the manufacturer. Hyundai plans to contact affected owners by mail. They will be asked to check if their vehicle is equipped with a trailer harness.

As for Kia Telluride, the problem will affect 2863 vehicles. The serial number of the kit is S9F67AC000. As with Hyundai, a letter will be sent to owners explaining the situation and checking to see if the trailer harness kit is installed on the vehicle.

The situation is under control

Both manufacturers have stopped selling these SUV models and will continue to do so until further notice. Research is still ongoing to find a solution and offer repairs to the owners. Your best bet is to remove the cable.

According to Mr. Ini, the risk of fire should not increase as trailers are used seasonally. “Owners most often tow boats or trailers, mostly in the summer,” he said.

So far, there have been no instructions from the dealer. This was confirmed by Kia technical consultant Gabriel West, located in Montreal.

What can you do

  • Park your car outside and, if possible, away from any building.
  • Check the serial number of the auxiliary trailer harness kit: Hyundai Palisade, S8F67AC500, and Kia Telluride, S9F67AC000.
  • As a precaution, have your dealer remove the “trailer” fuse in the underhood fuse box.
  • Visit the Hyundai and Kia manufacturer websites and check if your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) belongs to one of the recalled models.

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