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More than 400 Kia & Hyundai vehicles randomly catching fire.

More than 400 vehicles of the Hyundai and Kia brands have caught on fire. That's the reason while the Center For Auto Safety organization called the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate the 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe 

 

In an article published in the Daily Mail and WESH 2 Investigates, we saw stories of people who have been victims of these unfortunate situations.

 

The first case is Susan King who was driving on the Interstate 4 in Orlando on her 2012 Kia Sorento when it mysteriously ignited. Seeing that the flames were spreading under the vehicle, another motorist was eager to tell her to stop the car. Fortunately, she escaped without injury.

 

A similar situation occurred to a father who was driving his 2012 Hyundai Sonata with his daughters in the San Francisco area. After the accident, the man told that his daughters were, obviously, hysterical.

 

Another story is on Sep 21, 2017, Ronni Rivera was driving her car which is a 2016 Kia Sorento SUV in Mirabay Boulevard in Apollo Beach, Hillsborough County and the car just simply burst into flames.

 

In the video, we can hear her voice through tears:

 

"I'm okay, but my car is on fire. Whew! God is good."

 

She added:

 

“I hear an explosion, like, boom,”

 

Rivera also said:

 

"I mean, I was on fire. I was actively on fire! And when he was saying, 'pull over, pull over,' all of a sudden black smoke began coming in the vents, so now the cabin is filling with smoke and it was difficult to see,"

 

In these publications, we also learn that the models affected by this problem are the following: 2011-2014 Kia Optima, 2012-2014 Kia Sorento, 2011-2013 Kia Sportage and 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata. In the past, more than one million of these vehicles have been part of a recall campaign concerning a defective engine.

 

It seems that the manufacturer was aware of these stories that took place in the United States, and there are demands for a nationwide recall, but there is no response from the Korean car marker except the manufacturer recommends that owners should properly maintain their vehicles.

 

So in the meantime, owners of the potentially affected models 2011-2014 Kia Optima, 2012-2014 Kia Sorento, 2011-2013 Kia Sportage and 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata should carry a fire extinguisher in their cars at all times. 

Photo Gallery of the 2011-2014 Kia Optima, 2012-2014 Kia Sorento, 2011-2013 Kia Sportage and 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata

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