DETROIT (AP) – Despite the government's closure, Hyundai and Kia are recalling about 168,000 vehicles to solve a gasoline problem that could lead to engine fires. The problem comes from inadequate repairs made during previous recalls due to engine failures. Korean affiliated automakers have been sued following complaints about fires and engine failures across the country. They are both under investigation by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is trying to determine if the first callbacks covered enough vehicles. The agency is largely closed due to the closure of the market. In addition to the recall, each manufacturer has announced that it will be doing a "product improvement campaign" covering a total of 3.7 million vehicles to install software that would alert drivers of engine failures and send the message . cars in "lame" mode at reduced speed if problems are detected. NHTSA employees conducting security investigations and reminder notifications are not at work. Under normal circumstances, the agency would review the reminders to make sure they were adequate and would post the details on the agency's website. He would also monitor customer advisories and ensure that customers can see if their vehicles are included. Kia spokesman James Bell said the company is recalling and campaigning regardless of the time limits imposed. by the government. "It is much more important to put our customers at ease than to make sure that we are following the additional government processes at this time," he said. Kia sent letters to dealers around January 10 informing them of the recall, he said. A US auto safety advocate called the recalls "inadequate" and said product improvement campaigns should instead be reminders overseen by NHTSA. A spokeswoman for NHTSA said that she could not comment because of the shutdown.MORE |

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Hyundai and Kia began recalling 1.7 million vehicles in 2015, including about 618,000 Kias, as manufacturing debris can limit oil flow to the big-end bearings. This can result in wear and failure of the bearings of four-cylinder engines of 2 liters and 2.4 liters. The problem can also cause fires. Repair is often an expensive replacement of the engine block. Companies now recognize that engine replacement may not have been done correctly by dealers in all cases. A statement from Kia indicates that the high-pressure fuel hose may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly tightened when remanufacturing engines. This may allow the fuel to leak and strike hot engine parts, causing fires. Kia said he had six reports of fires among the recalled vehicles due to fuel leaks, while Hyundai said it did not have reports of fire. The recall of the fuel injector hoses concerns certain Kia Optima cars from 2011 to 2014, Sorrento SUVs from 2012 to 2014 and Sportage SUVs from 2011 to 2013, all equipped with 2-liter and 2-cylinder engines. , 4 liters. Also covered are numerous 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata cars and 2013 and 2014 Santa Fe Sport SUVs. More than 2 million 2011 Sonatas from the 2011 to 2018 model years and Santa Fe Sports from 2013 to 2018 are covered by the updates. software and engine knock sensors. . About 1.7 million Kias, including Optima 2011-2018, Sorento 2012-2018 and 2011 at 18 Sportage, are covered. The companies claim that the owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified by letter. Dealers will check for leaks in the fuel line and replace it if necessary. Kia only resolves 68,000 of the 618,000 vehicles recalled due to engine problems, while Hyundai recalls 100,000 more vehicles. a million. Hyundai said that only vehicles whose engines had been replaced in previous recalls were affected by the new recall. Jason Levine, executive director of Center For Auto Safety, said the last recall was limited to a relatively limited number of vehicles, with no adequate explanation. more questions than answers. He added that some consumers have complained of fires on vehicles not included in the engine repair recalls. He also expressed concern about the impact of the government's closure on NHTSA, which should be open to handle critical security reminders. scenario, you should have security and enforcement officers come in and do their job, "he said.) The last reminder posted on the NHTSA website was dated December 18, four days before the start The agency has stated that it "may recall fired employees if NHTSA is informed of information regarding suspended duties that imply imminent threats to the safety of human life or the protection of property ".MORE GREAT STORIES|

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