Hyundai and Kia have issued a warning for owners of over 570,000 vehicles across multiple models and years to park away from structures, due to a fire risk. Hyundai Santa Fe models from 2019–2023 are at risk, as are 2022–2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz and Kia Carnival models.
The fire risk stems from a defect with tow-hitch harnesses installed either as original equipment or purchased as a dealer accessory. The potential fire risk occurs through water accumulation on the tow hitch harness circuit board, which may cause an electrical short, and ultimately a fire.
Owners of any of the affected vehicles are advised to park their vehicles outside, and away from any structures or other vehicles until a repair has been completed. Documents show that Hyundai plans to inspect affected vehicles and remove the tow hitch harness as necessary while working on a long-term solution. Once the final repair is available, dealers will install a new fuse and wire extension kit. Documents from Kia show a plan to verify whether the vehicle has a genuine Kia accessory tow hitch and install a new fuse and wire extension kit where necessary.
From our current understanding, this recall is limited to vehicles manufactured for the United States market and not relevant to UK vehicles (Unless imported from the States.)
We feel that the Hyundai and Kia tow bar recall shows how much of a safety critical part tow bars and towing electrics are. It is crucial that approved parts are used and fitted correctly.
It is also recommended that you have your tow bar fitted by a company that gives you a written guarantee and also keeps records of the parts fitted to your vehicle. Without product traceability, it would be unknown what was supplied and fitted if a product recall was issued by the manufacturer.
To find out if your vehicle has a recall issued, please visit > https://www.check-vehicle-recalls.service.gov.uk/recall-type/vehicle/make
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