yundai and Kia are coming under fire for, well, fires. The automaker recently recalled a slew of vehicles due to the risk of engine fire, and now the Highway Loss Data Institute says the turbocharged engines in those cars call for a closer look by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — along with turbocharged engines in general. According to HLDI, owners of five Hyundai and Kia cars and SUVs report non-crash-related fires at a rate much higher than average.
In 2015, 2017 and then again in mid-January, Hyundai recalled the 2011-14 Sonata and 2013-14 Santa Fe Sport to fix faulty engine components; the 2011-14 Kia Optima, 2012-14 Sorento and 2011-13 Sportage faced similar issues and were also recalled. Overall, more than 1 million vehicles have been affected by these recalls, Hyundai said.