According to Federal Safety investigators, they have expanded probes into two automakers' engine failures to include complaints of fires.
Hyundai and Kia engines are currently being looked at after over 400 complaints have been filed. The owners of these vehicles are reporting their engines are catching fire with or without a collision occurring.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently reviewing these non-collision fires in both Hyundai and Kia vehicles. It's part of two, ongoing investigations which are both related to engine failures.
The Deputy Administrator, Heidi King, told Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) that many of the owners who have reported engine failures also reported fires. She also said they have included non-collision fires into their engine failure probes.
Back in May of 2017, the NHTSA began investigating if Hyundai and Kia had moved fast enough to recall 1.6 million vehicles because of the engines stalling.
According to a Senate Commerce Committee spokesperson, Nelson has received 402 complaints of these non-collision and collision fires involving both Hyundai and Kia.
"I'm glad they're looking into these fires but they need to pick up the pace," Nelson said. "Consumers need to know as soon as possible if these vehicles are safe to drive."
The administration is investigating the fire risk in Sonata, Sante Fe, Optima, and Sorento models. At this time, officials have not opened a new safety defect investigation in 2011-2014 Kia Optima and Sorento and Hyundai Sante Fe and Hyundai Sonata models. After the review, this could warrant such a move.
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