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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

Kia recall on SUVs with shift lever problem; injuries reported

Korean automaker Kia is recalling more than 377,000 of its Sorento SUVs to fix a problem with the shift lever that may allow the transmission to move out of park when the driver’s foot is off the brake. This is a violation of safety laws. The Kia recall includes 2011-2013 model Kia Sorentos. Three injuries have been reported as a result of the defect, which may allow the vehicle to roll away unexpectedly. The Associated Press reports Kia was notified in August that a child had moved a Kia Sorento gear shift lever out of park, causing his family’s SUV ... Read More

Kia Forte sedans recalled for fire risk

Beginning Feb. 24, 2015, Kia will recall 87,000 Forte sedans from the 2014 model year due to a potential fire risk. In some 2014 Forte sedans, the cooling system’s radiator fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of fire. The defect affects vehicles equipped with both 1.8- liter and 2.0- liter inline- four engines. In early 2014, the resistor was identified as the possible culprit in at least two fires that were reported. No accidents or injuries were reported, and no additional incidents have been reported since June 2014. Kia will notify owners affected by the recall, urging ... 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

Kia allegedly hid brake switch defect from consumers; class action filed in California

A putative class action has been filed in California federal court against Kia Motors America Inc. The lawsuit alleges the automaker failed to warn consumers that certain vehicles may feature a faulty brake switch that may potentially disable both the brake lights and cruise control operation, thus increasing the likelihood of an accident. According to the suit, Kia was aware of the problems with the brake switch for several years. Kia’s first recall for the defective brake switch included a number of different vehicles in 2009, and again in May 2013. However, the automaker did not include its 2011 Sportage, ... Read More

Alabama family receives $40 million in defective seatbelt case

A Mobile County, Alabama, jury has awarded $40 million to the family of a teenage girl who was killed when the seatbelts in her vehicle failed to restrain her in a 2004 car crash. The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed against Kia, Kia Motors America, and Korean seatbelt manufacturer Celtrion for failing to recall vehicles that they knew had a very dangerous safety defect. On July 4, 2004, the victim was driving the 1999 Kia Sephia that her father had given to her for her 16th birthday just weeks before the crash. Before he gave the vehicle to his daughter, the ... Read More

Consumers researching Toyota less, other brands more

Many prospective car buyers are fed up with the once-popular Toyota vehicles because of continuous recalls that they are turning to other comparable brands in the market. Companies who are enjoying the biggest boost from the Toyota recalls include Hundai, Kia and Ford, says TrueCar, a pricing intelligence service. TrueCar says it is too early to fully measure the impact the Toyota recalls will have on the automotive industry, but meanwhile the service has been analyzing Web traffic patterns on its Web site TrueCar.com. Since visitors to the site are in the market for a new car, the service says ... Read More

Are you safe in a minicar?

The words “fuel economy” pack more appeal for American car buyers than any other time in automotive history. Motivated by financial strains to cut costs and inspired by the Green Revolution to reduce fuel consumption, millions of Americans are turning to smaller and smaller car models. But are mini and micro size cars, which are so common on European streets, safe for people to use on American roads and interstates? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently completed testing the smallest cars on the American market. Every year, the non-profit IIHS crash tests and thoroughly evaluates a number of ... Read More

UCLA study examines lasting effects of severe TBI in children

What is the most common cause of death and disability for children and adolescents? According to the Centers for Disease Control, the answer is traumatic brain injury (TBI). Researchers are now finding that for those children who survive a blow to the head or even sustain a mild concussion, the effects of TBI can persist for years. Because the brains of children and adolescents are in the developmental stages, TBI can impede proper mental development, leading to psychological disabilities or a combination of mental disabilities. According to two UCLA professors who quantified nearly 20 years of data from TBI studies, ... Read More