Consumer safety advocates in Arizona and nationwide have called for recalls of Hyundai and Kia cars after reports of sudden fires in some vehicles. The Center for Auto Safety is urging a recall of 2.9 million cars and SUVs. According to the center's information, there have been 220 fires in popular models like the Kia Sorento, Kia Soul and Hyundai Santa Fe, as well as over 200 reports of melted wires and smoky odors.
In a statement, the center noted that it had called for an investigation into the vehicle fires; since that time, approximately one fire a day has been reported. All of the fires were not linked to a collision and began independently. According to the center, many of the fires began for no apparent reason while owners drove on the highway. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reportedly investigating the fires in conjunction with reports on engine failures in Hyundai and Kia models. In 2017, the two companies recalled 1.2 million vehicles due to engine issues.
According to Hyundai, the company is in communication with the government regulator and prioritizes safety; a Kia spokesperson also said that it was proud of its safety record, noting that all vehicles meet or exceed federal standards for auto safety. The consumer group noted that auto fires are particularly dangerous, not only for drivers and passengers but also for others on the roadways.
Companies have a responsibility not to bring dangerous, defective products to the market. When an auto manufacturer sells cars that burst into flames for no reason at all, they may be held accountable for the damages caused. People who have been injured by a dangerous car or other consumer product can work with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation for their current and future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.