An engine defect has led to the recall of more than 1.3 million Kia and Hyundai vehicles in the U.S. Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may lead to premature bearing wear within the engine, potentially causing the vehicle to stall and increasing the risk of a crash.
Models under recall include the 2011-2013 Kia Sportage, 2012-2014 Kia Sorento, 2011-2014 Kia Optima, 2013-2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the 2013-2014 Hyundai Sonata. “Hyundai is initiating this action to ensure the safety and quality of its vehicles and the continued satisfaction of its customers,” said Miles Johnson, spokesman at Hyundai, to Trucks.com.
Though it was not immediately clear how many Santa Fe Sports were affect, nearly 166,000 Kia Sorento models with 2.4-liter engines and more than 8,000 Kia Sportage vehicles with turbocharged 2.0-liter engines are included in the recall. Both Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor Co. will notify owners of the need to have dealers inspect their engines, replacing it for free if necessary.
Hyundai expects its recall to begin May 19, and Kia’s is expected to begin on May 25.
To see if your vehicle is affected by the recall, search its VIN number, located on the lower left side of the windshield, on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, nhtsa.gov/recalls.