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Safety Group Presses Hyundai, Kia To Recall Vehicles For Fire Hazard

A mounting number of complaints about fires breaking out in certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles and SUVs has prompted the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety to demand the Korean carmakers recall nearly 3 million vehicles. In an Oct. 12 announcement, CAS said it and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have received more than 220 consumer complaints of non-collision fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The CAS says that Hyundai and Kia to need to recall 2.9 million defective vehicles to fix the fire hazards, including the 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe, and ... Read More

Some Hyundai and Kia Drivers Reporting Flames, Explosions

Federal auto safety regulators said they are “reviewing” reports that certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles are catching fire for unknown reasons, sometimes burning into unusable, charred ruins. That’s what happened to a Virginia woman’s 2012 Kia Soul. Michelle Belcher told Richmond’s WTVR Channel 6 that her son Bailey was driving the Kia Soul home from work when he noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and pulled over. Outside the vehicle, he noticed the glow of fire underneath the vehicle and  “the whole car went up in flames, it was crazy,” Bailey Belcher told WVTR. Neither Hyundai, which owns about a ... Read More

Hyundai Sonatas Recalled For Potential Airbag, Seatbelt Failure

Hyundai will recall about 155,000 midsize Sonata sedans in the U.S. over concerns that airbags in the vehicles may not deploy and seat belts may not function properly in a crash. The Hyundai recall covers 154,753 model-year Sonata cars manufactured between Dec. 11, 2009, and Sept. 29, 2010, at the South Korean automaker’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama. The airbag problem stems from a short circuit in the airbag control unit, an electronic component that assists with airbag deployment. A short circuit in the control unit could leave motorists without front and side airbag protection in a crash, the National Highway ... Read More

Hyundai Supplier To Reinstate, Compensate Whistleblower Who Raised Safety Concerns

A Selma, Ala., plant that manufactures seats for Hyundai vehicles has agreed to drop its lawsuit against a former employee, reinstate her, and compensate other workers suspended during a dispute over health and safety conditions in the plant. The U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday that it reached a deal with the Renosol Seating, a unit of Lear Corp., and filed a joint motion asking the court to drop the Labor Department’s federal lawsuit against the manufacturer and three of its managers. Federal authorities alleged that the company retaliated against plant employees who complained that chemicals used in the production process ... Read More

Soy-Based Wire Coatings Turn Car Engines Into Rodent B&Bs

A growing number of consumer reports and complaints are raising concerns that automotive wiring made from soy and other biodegradable food-based materials is transforming car engines into the ultimate bed and breakfasts for rodents, usually causing extensive and costly damage. One Arizona resident told Phoenix’s KTVK that rats chowing down on the wires in her Toyota Prius have made life a nightmare. When her car stopped functioning, she discovered that rats had crawled through the engine compartment and gnawed through the car’s electronic wiring system. She had the Prius repaired to the tune of more than $8,000 out of pocket ... Read More

Mitsubishi Admits It Falsified Fuel Economy in Japanese Cars

Another auto-industry scandal is unfolding, this time in Japan, where Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has admitted to manipulating mileage test data on hundreds of thousands of compact cars produced in the last three years to make them appear more fuel efficient than they really are. The Mitsubishi cheat was discovered by Nissan Motor Co., which sells Mitsubishi’s eK mini cars as the Nissan DayZ in Japan. Mitsubishi has not revealed the full scope of the deception, which currently affects about 620,000 vehicles in Japan only, but says it is investigating whether vehicles in the U.S. and other parts of the world ... Read More

Feds Sue Selma’s Renosol Plant For Violating Workers’ Whistleblower Protections

Workers at a Selma, Ala., automotive supplier who claim they have been sickened by chemicals used in the manufacturing process, then gagged from talking about the problem and terminated when they did, have found a new ally in the federal government. The U.S. Department of Labor said that it has filed a lawsuit against Lear Corp., doing business as Renosol Seating LLC, and three of its managers for suspending and terminating employees who reported workplace hazards in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Management at Renosol, which makes foam seating for Hyundai automobiles, said last year they would ... Read More

Judge Denies Selma Auto Worker Whistleblower Protections

A former employee of Selma, Ala.-based auto supplier Renosol Seating has been denied federal whistleblower protections by a Montgomery County circuit court judge. Kim King lost her job at the Lear-owned Renosol Corporation in March after she attempted to deliver a letter to Hyundai executives expressing her concerns about toxic chemical exposures in the plant and low wages. Renosol makes foam car seats for the Korean automaker. Ms. King and other Renosol employees claim that chemicals used to make the foam seats in the plant have adversely affected their health. Studies have shown that toluene diisocyanate, or TDI, can lead to ... Read More

Korean automaker Hyundai, Kia agrees to record U.S. settlement for mileage fraud

Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. has agreed to a $350 million settlement with the U.S. government related to charges the Korean automaker overstated the fuel efficiency of its vehicles. The settlement is being touted by government officials as the largest of its kind. The settlement comes after an investigation determined Hyundai-Kia had overstated the mileage figures on an estimated 1.2 million of its 2012 model vehicles. This latest settlement compensates the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Justice, and the California Air Resources Board. The penalties were levied under the Clean Air Act. In ... Read More

Hyundai Sonatas recalled for faulty gear shift levers

According to the Korean automaker Hyundai, roughly 883,000 of its popular 2011 through 2014 Sonatas are now under recall due to issues with the sedan’s gear shift levers. The automatic transmission shift cable within the Sonata has the ability to disconnect from the shift lever, which could cause the vehicle not to show the correct gear. If this instance were to occur, it would significantly increase the likelihood of a crash. An example of dangerous situation that could unfold is when the driver believes he or she has put the vehicle in park, when in fact it may still be ... Read More