October 2022 Update: Hyundai and Kia models with dual-clutch transmissions are subject to a new recall and stop-sale. Model year 2021 – 2023 vehicles are included. See the details below.
A recall remains in effect for the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. This recall is separate from another recall earlier this year in which nearly 6 million vehicles produced between 2011 and 2019 were flagged for separate fire risks. See the details and learn how to check if your VIN number is included below.
Let’s dive in to what you need to know about Kia & Hyundai fire recalls.
What Kias & Hyundais are being recalled for fire?
|NHTSA Recall ID||Vehicle Make||Vehicle Model(s)||# Vehicles Recalled||Recall Date|
|21V331||KIA||2013-15 Optima and 2014-15 Sorento||440,270||5/10/2021|
|21V308||HYUNDAI||2021 Santa Fe||2||5/3/2021|
|21V301||HYUNDAI||2019-20 Elantra, 2019-21 Kona and Veloster||125,840||4/28/2021|
|21V303||HYUNDAI||2013-15 Santa Fe Sport||151,205||4/28/2021|
|21V277||KIA||2022 Kia Carnival||2,744||4/21/2021|
|21V259||KIA||2021 Seltos, 2020-21 Soul||147,249||4/13/2021|
|21V208||HYUNDAI||2021 Genesis G80, GV80||147||3/25/2021|
|21V160||HYUNDAI||2015-16 Genesis, 2017-2020 Genesis G80||94,646||3/10/2021|
|21V161||HYUNDAI||2019-21 Genesis G70||552||3/10/2021|
|21V137||KIA||2017-19 Cadenza, 2017-21 Sportage||379,931||3/4/2021|
|20V750||KIA||2012-2013 Sorento, 2012-2015 Forte and Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Optima, Hybrid, 2014-2015 Soul, and 2012 Sportage||294,756||12/2/2020|
|20V746||HYUNDAI||2012 Santa Fe, 2011-13 and 2016 Sonata Hybrid, 2015-16 Veloster||128,948||12/1/2020|
|20V519||KIA||2013-15 Optima and 2014-15 Sorento||440,370||8/27/2020|
|20V520||HYUNDAI||2013-15 Santa Fe Sport||151,205||8/27/2020|
|20V393||HYUNDAI||2011-2012 Elantra and Sonata Hybrid, 2012 Accent and Veloster||272,126||7/2/2020|
|20V088||KIA||2006-2010 Sedona and 2007-2009 Sorento||228,829||2/14/2020|
|20V061||HYUNDAI||2007-2010 Elantra and 2009-2011 Elantra Touring||476,111||2/4/2020|
|18V934||HYUNDAI||2011-2014 Sonata and 2013-14 Santa Fe Sport||150,730||12/28/2018|
|18V907||KIA||2011-2014 Optima, 2011-2013 Sportage, 2012-2014 Sorento||71,653||12/19/2018|
|18V026||HYUNDAI||2006 Sonata, 2006-11 Azera||87,854||1/9/2018|
|17V578||HYUNDAI||2017 Santa Fe||420||9/20/2017|
|17V224||KIA||2011-2014 Optima, 2011-2013 Sportage, 2012-2014 Sorento||618,160||3/31/2017|
|17V226||HYUNDAI||2013-2014 Sonata and Santa Fe Sport||572,000||3/31/2017|
|10V388||KIA||2010 Soul, 2011 Sorento||35,185||8/31/2010|
Theta II Engine Class Action Settlement
Hyundai and Kia owners began suing the automakers in 2015 after they refused to pay to repair or replace the Theta II engine. Hyundai settled the class-action suit.
What is this lawsuit about?
The people who filed these lawsuits are called Plaintiffs, and the companies they sued, HMA, HMC, and others, are called Defendants. The Plaintiffs allege that the Class Vehicles suffer from a defect that can cause engine seizure, stalling, engine failure, and engine fire. They also allege that engine seizure or stalling can be dangerous if experienced. Furthermore, the Plaintiffs also allege that some owners and lessees have been improperly denied repairs under the vehicle’s warranty. HMA and HMC deny Plaintiffs’ allegations.
Which Hyundai vehicles are included?
The “Class Vehicles” are 2011–2019 model year Hyundai Sonata, 2013–2019 model year Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and 2014–2015 and 2018–2019 model year Hyundai Tucson equipped with 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter genuine Theta II gasoline direct injection engines within OEM specifications.
What can I get from the settlement?
- Warranty Extension
- Reimbursement for Past Repairs
- Reimbursement for Rental Car, Towing, Etc.
- Compensation for Inconvenience Due to Repair Delays
- Compensation If You Traded In or Sold a Class Vehicle
- Compensation for Vehicle Involved in an Engine Fire
- Rebate Program
2020-2022 Hyundai Palisade Recall
On August 22, 2022, the NHTSA issued a recall and stop-sale for model year 2020-2022 Hyundai Palisades in the United States. 245,030 Palisades are impacted. Affected new Palisades will not be available for purchase until they have received the recall fix.
The recall is due to a newly discovered fire risk that has resulted in three fires in Canada, and several instances of melted components.
A safety report filed with the NHTSA explains that debris and moisture accumulation on the tow hitch harness module printed circuit board may cause an electrical short, which can result in a fire.
See if your Hyundai Palisade VIN number is included in this recall at Hyundai’s official recall checker.
2020-2022 Kia Telluride Recall
On August 22, 2022, the NHTSA also issued a recall and stop-sale for model year 2020-2022 Kia Tellurides in the United States. 36,417 Kia Telluride VIN numbers are impacted. The stop-sale means that affected new Tellurides will not be available for purchase until they have received the recall fix.
Just as with the Hyundai Palisade recall, the Telluride recall is due to a newly discovered fire risk that has resulted in three fires in Canada, and several instances of melted components.
A safety report filed with the NHTSA earlier this month explains the risk of concern. Debris and moisture accumulation on the tow hitch circuit board may cause an electrical short. If a short occurs, accumulated debris may ignite and cause a fire.
See if your Kia Telluride VIN number is included in this recall at Kia’s official recall checker.
2021 – 2023 DCT Recall
A new Hyundai and Kia recall was issued in October 2022 for models equipped with dual-clutch transmissions. This includes the following vehicles:
2021-2022 Hyundai Sonata
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
2022 Hyundai Elantra N
2021-2022 Hyundai Velostar N
2022 Hyundai Kona N
2021-2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
2021-2022 Kia Sorento
2021-2023 Kia K5
See if your Hyundai or Kia vehicle is included in this recall at the NHTSA’s official recall page.