Hyundai, Kia Recall 1.4 Million Vehicles Over Engine Defect

2014 Santa Fe LWB

Well, this is not how any automaker wants to kick off a weekend.

Hyundai and its sister company Kia are recalling 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada, and South Korea over an engine defect.

The recall covers some of the two brands’ most popular vehicles in the U.S. with either a 2.0-Liter or 2.4-Liter engine made at Hyundai’s plant in Alabama. They include:

  • 2013-2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • 2013-2014 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2011-2014 Kia Optima
  • 2011-2013 Kia Sportage
  • 2012-2014 Kia Sorento

The problem is the engines on the recalled vehicles may fail and stall. Recall documents on the NHTSA website warn “Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the engine.”  The company reportedly says it has no reports of any crashes or injuries.

Hyundai and Kia will inspect the questionable engines and replace them if needed. The U.S. still has to approve the recall plan.  It’s the second recall in the past two years for the same engine issue.

Notices will be mailed to owners and the recall is expected to start in mid-May.

The recalls come an already challenging time for both automakers. Automotive News reports both Hyundai and Kia are struggling with sales both here in the U.S. and Asia.  The new recalls won’t help matters and could end up costing each automaker hundreds of millions of dollars.

Photo Credit: Hyundai
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