Korean auto-manufacturers Hyundai and Kia are recalling over 600,000 vehicles within the United States as well as Canada to fix a brake fluid leak. These leaks could cause life-threatening engine fires.
The recall includes more than 440,000 Kia Optima midsize sedans from years 2013-2015 and Kia Sorento SUVs from 2014 to 2015. Also included are 203,000 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs from years 2013 to 2015.
The brake fluid can leak inside of the hydraulic control unit for anti-lock brakes, which could possibly cause an electrical short that can lead to fires, according to the affiliated automakers.
Kia’s recall will initialize on October 15 while Hyundai’s will begin October 23. Dealers for both companies will inspec the control units for leaks and replace if needed at no cost to owners.
In February, Hyundai recalled almost 430,000 cars for a very similar issue, but noted that it was unrelated to this same problem. The company had said water can get into the anti-lock brake computer, which could then cause an electrical short and lead to an engine fire. Those vehicles ranged from 2006 to 2011 models.
It has been noted that these defects can lead to a fire even when the vehicles are off.