Kia & Hyundai Fire Recalls; 6 Million Vehicles Impacted

May 11, 2022

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 IDVehicle MakeVehicle Model(s)# Vehicles RecalledRecall Date
21V331KIA2013-15 Optima and 2014-15 Sorento440,2705/10/2021
21V308HYUNDAI2021 Santa Fe25/3/2021
21V301HYUNDAI2019-20 Elantra, 2019-21 Kona and Veloster125,8404/28/2021
21V303HYUNDAI2013-15 Santa Fe Sport151,2054/28/2021
21V277KIA2022 Kia Carnival2,7444/21/2021
21V259KIA2021 Seltos, 2020-21 Soul147,2494/13/2021
21V208HYUNDAI2021 Genesis G80, GV801473/25/2021
21V160HYUNDAI2015-16 Genesis, 2017-2020 Genesis G8094,6463/10/2021
21V161HYUNDAI2019-21 Genesis G705523/10/2021
21V137KIA2017-19 Cadenza, 2017-21 Sportage379,9313/4/2021
20V750KIA2012-2013 Sorento, 2012-2015 Forte and Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Optima, Hybrid, 2014-2015 Soul, and 2012 Sportage294,75612/2/2020
20V746HYUNDAI2012 Santa Fe, 2011-13 and 2016 Sonata Hybrid, 2015-16 Veloster128,94812/1/2020
20V630HYUNDAI2019-2020 Kona6,70710/13/2020
20V543HYUNDAI2016-2021 Tucson652,0549/4/2020
20V518KIA2019 Stinger9,4438/27/2020
20V519KIA2013-15 Optima and 2014-15 Sorento440,3708/27/2020
20V520HYUNDAI2013-15 Santa Fe Sport151,2058/27/2020
20V399KIA2020 Sedona5,3857/8/2020
20V393HYUNDAI2011-2012 Elantra and Sonata Hybrid, 2012 Accent and Veloster272,1267/2/2020
20V121HYUNDAI2013-2014 Sonata206,8962/28/2020
20V100KIA2013-2014 Optima141,7742/21/2020
20V101KIA2011-2012 Sedona51,4652/21/2020
20V088KIA2006-2010 Sedona and 2007-2009 Sorento228,8292/14/2020
20V061HYUNDAI2007-2010 Elantra and 2009-2011 Elantra Touring476,1112/4/2020
19V204HYUNDAI2013 Veloster16,4873/14/2019
19V120KIA2012-16 Soul378,9672/22/2019
19V101KIA2011-12 Sportage32,2962/15/2019
19V063HYUNDAI2011-13 Tucson120,0002/5/2019
18V934HYUNDAI2011-2014 Sonata and 2013-14 Santa Fe Sport150,73012/28/2018
18V907KIA2011-2014 Optima, 2011-2013 Sportage, 2012-2014 Sorento71,65312/19/2018
18V754KIA2018 Stinger16,01110/25/2018
18V704HYUNDAI2017-18 Ioniq10,57510/5/2018
18V666KIA2017-2018 Niro27,0309/25/2018
18V260HYUNDAI2017 Ioniq10,1564/24/2018
18V257KIA2017 Niro27,0294/20/2018
18V026HYUNDAI2006 Sonata, 2006-11 Azera87,8541/9/2018
17V586KIA2017 Sorento629/21/2017
17V578HYUNDAI2017 Santa Fe4209/20/2017
17V224KIA2011-2014 Optima, 2011-2013 Sportage, 2012-2014 Sorento618,1603/31/2017
17V226HYUNDAI2013-2014 Sonata and Santa Fe Sport572,0003/31/2017
16V815KIA2008-09 Sportage71,70411/10/2016
15V568HYUNDAI2011-2012 Sonata470,0009/10/2015
15V015KIA2014 Forte86,8801/16/2015
11V256KIA2004-07 Spectra58,3224/25/2011
10V388KIA2010 Soul, 2011 Sorento35,1858/31/2010

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

hyundai santa cruz recall
Hyundai Santa Cruz recall

A new Hyundai and Kia recall was issued in October 2022 for models equipped with dual-clutch transmissions. This includes the following vehicles:

Hyundai

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

Kia

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.

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