Hyundai, Kia recall 1.2 million vehicles for possible engine failure
Posted: 8:36 AM, Apr 07, 2017
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<p>In this July 26, 2012 file photo, the logo of Hyundai Motor Co. is seen on its car at the company's showroom in Seoul. Hyundai is recalling 173,000 Sonata midsize cars in the U.S., on April 8, 2016, because the power steering can fail, making them harder to steer and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers Sonatas from the 2011 model year when the car was Hyundaiís top-selling U.S. vehicle. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)</p>
DETROIT (AP) -- Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 1.2 million cars and SUVs because the engines can fail and stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall covers the Korean automakers' most popular models including 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata midsize cars. Also covered are Kia Optima midsize cars from 2011 through 2014, Kia Sportage SUVs from 2011 through 2013 and Kia Sorento SUVs from 2012 through 2014.
The companies say that debris left from manufacturing can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. That can increase temperatures and cause the bearings to wear and fail.
Hyundai and Kia will notify owners and dealers will inspect the engines. They'll replace the block if needed at no cost. The recall is scheduled to start on May 19.
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