Hyundai and Kia recall 1.2M cars for possible engine failure

Phillip Butler
April 8, 2017

Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) and Kia Motors Corp (000270.KS) plan to recall tens of thousands of vehicles in South Korea and an "unidentified number" in the United States due to engine issues.

The recall covers the 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata sedans.

Meanwhile, Hyundai and Kia may also have to conduct similar recalls for up to 1.3 million cars with the Theta II engines, Hyundai officials said.

Hyundai and Kia say, debris left from manufacturing can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. Kia is recalling an estimated 618,160 cars for the same issue.

The owners of the five models with the faulty engines are required to visit the companies' fix and service centers, according to the South Korean news agency.

Hyundai was forced to recall 470,000 Sonata sedans across the U.S in 2015 because of faulty engine parts. Customers were complaining about spending a fortune for fix costs, so Kia extended the warranty and allegedly encouraged owners to get the vehicles repaired.

Trainor said the company has no reports of any crashes or injuries.

Hyundai and Kia combined are the world's fifth-largest automaker. They instead extended the warranty period for five Theta 2-equipped models in South Korea.

Johnson said that both engines were made at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery, Ala. The Hyundai spokesperson said the latest recall involved a new problem. The recall in the country will begin May 22.

Hyundai and Kia manufacture their own engines, and a recently discovered manufacturing error might send more than 1 million of those motors to an early grave.

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