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NEW LEXUS RECALL, HYUNDAI-KIA RECALL AND INVESTIGATION

Posted by Allen L Phillips

Del Mar Automotive tries to make this type of information available to you, our customers, as we become aware of it.  Recall notices are sent directly to the owners of affected vehicles and repairs must be made by the manufacturer. 

Regarding the Lexus recall, despite the USA Today article caption that says “engine fires”, we are not aware of any actual reports of fires.  Obviously, a fuel leak poses a risk of fire and anyone receiving a recall notice should have the repair done promptly.

The Hyundai/Kia recall may be more problematic in that this appears to be a repeat of a problem first reported in 2015.  Now there is a second recall for a production problem that was thought to be corrected plus an investigation into fires linked to the resulting engine failures. Not good for anyone involved.

 

Lexus Recalls 121K Vehicles for Engine Fires

 June 27, 2018—Lexus recalls about 121,000 cars worldwide because of fuel leaks, reported USA Today.

The recall covers certain 2006 through 2013 IS350 cars, as well as the 2010 through 2014 IS350C, and the 2007 through 2011 GS350 and GS450h. All have 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engines, according to the report. 

Toyota says a diaphragm material in the fuel injection system can harden over time and crack, allowing fuel to leak, reported USA Today.  The company would not say if the problem has caused any fires, crashes or injuries.

Hyundai, Kia recall 1.4 million vehicles; engines can fail

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

APR 07, 2017 | 6:45 AM  Hyundai and Kia are recalling 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and South Korea because the engines can fail and stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall covers some of the Korean automakers' most popular models in the U.S. and Canada, 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 South Korean recall includes Hyundai's Grandeur and Sonata sedans and Kia's K5, K7 and Sportage with engines produced from 2009 to 2013.

All have either 2-liter or 2.4-liter gasoline engines. The U.S. engines were made at the Hyundai's engine plant in Alabama.

 

The companies say in documents posted Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that debris left from manufacturing can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. Since they are cooled by oil, the restriction can increase temperatures and cause the bearings to wear and fail, and the engines could stall.

 

Owners will hear a knocking sound from the engine that increases in frequency as the engine speed rises. They also could get engine warning lights on their dashboard, Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor said. Those with problems should contact their dealers.

 

Hyundai and Kia will notify owners and dealers will inspect the engines. They'll replace the block if needed at no cost to owners. The recall is scheduled to start May 19.

Trainor said the company has no reports of any crashes or injuries.

 

The U.S. recall is the second in two years for the same engine problem. In September 2015, Hyundai recalled 470,000 Sonata sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years with the same engines.

 

Kia documents posted Friday by U.S. regulators show the company at first didn't think the problem affected its engines because warranty claims and field reports were low. But the number of claims started growing and by May 2016 the company extended warranties on the engines. Eventually it decided to do a recall because of the potential safety problem.

 

Kia is a smaller affiliate of Hyundai. Together they are the world's fifth-largest automaker.

 

NEWS

NHTSA to investigate fires linked to Hyundai-Kia engine failures

Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Published 2:50 p.m. ET June 27, 2018

DETROIT — Federal safety investigators have expanded probes into Hyundai and Kia engine failures to include complaints about fires in the automakers' vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in a letter to Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida that it has 402 fire complaints with and without collisions.

Nelson and the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety had asked if the agency was investigating the fires.

Deputy Administrator Heidi King told Nelson in a letter released Wednesday that the agency has included non-collision fires in the engine failure probes. She wrote that many who complained of engine failures also reported fires.

In May of 2017 the government began investigating whether the automakers moved quickly enough to recall over 1.6 million vehicles because of engines stalling.

Messages were left seeking comment from the automakers. Last year the companies said they were cooperating with the investigation.

It wasn't clear how many fires happened without collisions. Nelson wrote King earlier this month saying that his staff had found at least 23 reports of spontaneous fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles since 2014 in Florida alone. The Center for Auto Safety found 120 fire complaints that didn't involve crashes.

Nelson cited news reports of drivers having to flee vehicles before they became engulfed in flames.

"I'm glad they're looking into these fires but they need to pick up the pace," Nelson said in a statement. He plans to ask NHTSA to brief lawmakers on the investigation timeline and whether they'll take further action.

NHTSA is looking into three recalls by the related Korean brands, and it's also investigating whether the automakers followed safety reporting requirements.

Hyundai recalled about 470,000 vehicles in September of 2015 because manufacturing debris can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. That can cause bearings in four-cylinder engines to wear and fail. The repair is an expensive engine block replacement.

In March of last year, the automakers issued two more recalls covering 1.2 million additional vehicles with the same engine problem.

 NHTSA, in documents posted last year, said Hyundai limited vehicles in the 2015 recall to a group manufactured prior to April 12, 2012. The company said it solved the manufacturing problem after that date.

Kia said at the time of the 2015 recall that its 2.4-liter and 2-liter "Theta II" engines that were the same design as Hyundai's were not recalled then because they didn't have the same issue.

Then both companies issued more recalls 18 months later for the same problem, including models the automakers originally said weren't affected, investigators wrote in documents posted on the agency's website.

The documents at the time didn't list any crashes or injuries.

The recalls from last year cover some of the Korean automakers' most popular models in the U.S. and Canada, 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.Top of Form