Hyundai and Kia have issued a recall for over 570,000 vehicles due to concerns that their tow hitches may catch fire because of an electrical short-circuit. This recall has been announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and affects various models, including the 2022-23 Santa Cruz, 2019-23 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2021-23 Santa Fe Hybrid, 2022-23 Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid, and 2022-23 Kia Carnival.
Potential Fire Hazard
The recall has been issued because the tow hitch electrical circuits may short-circuit, which may cause a fire. The NHTSA has advised the car owners to park their vehicles outside until the necessary repairs can be arranged.
This recall is related to a previous recall in August 2022, where 245,030 Hyundai Palisades were recalled due to a fire risk. In that recall, federal regulators warned that debris and moisture could accumulate on a circuit board that is part of the vehicle’s tow hitch, causing it to short-circuit and potentially causing a fire.
Check if Your Vehicle is Affected
Vehicle owners can check if their vehicle is affected by the recall by visiting the NHTSA.gov/recalls and inputting their 17-digit vehicle identification number.
Hyundai and Kia have taken prompt action to recall over 570,000 vehicles due to potential fire hazards. Car owners should take this recall seriously and visit the NHTSA website to check if their vehicle is affected. It is important to follow the NHTSA’s advice to park their cars outside until repairs can be arranged to avoid any potential danger.