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Hyundai and Kia Engine Fires

Jan 19, 2019

"Center for Auto Safety, … says they have received 220 complaints regarding certain Hyundai and Kia models that randomly catch fire while being driven…

Hyundai and Kia plan to upgrade each vehicle’s knock sensor detection system, which detects early symptoms of engine bearing wear. “The knock sensor detection system software continuously monitors engine vibrations for unusual dynamic patterns that develop as an engine connecting rod bearing wears abnormally in a way that could later cause engine seizure,” writes Hyundai in their release.

If the system detects a problem, the check engine light will shine, an audible chime will ding, and the car will be placed in “temporary protection mode” with reduced power. Speed will be limited to 60-65 mph and the engine will not rev higher than 2,000 rpm."

Wait! What? What am I missing, here? Help me out!
Engines on some of these cars go to hexx in a hand-basket and they start a recall and put in an upgraded knock sensor in so that as " engine vibrations for unusual dynamic patterns that develop as an engine connecting rod bearing wears abnormally in a way that could later cause engine seizure," it can’t operate properly enough to catch fire and burn to the ground?

But wait, there’s more…

There are actually 2 recalls
“A smaller recall is also occurring for Hyundai and Kia vehicles that were recalled in 2015 and 2017 for engine failure. The Korean carmaker replaced the engines on many thousands of vehicles, but it turns out they may have done so with undue haste.”
Oops!

“Hyundai and Kia are issuing a massive recall following repeated reports that certain vehicles can randomly catch fire while driving.”
“In some cases, during engine replacements the high-pressure fuel pipe may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly torqued during the engine replacement procedure and this could allow fuel to leak.”

But not to worry…

The manufacturers are on top of everything! But just in case…
“Hyundai is also extending the warranties on these vehicles to 10 years or 120,000 miles (up from 100,000 miles).”

Whew! That’s a relief! I’ve always wanted a car that would last a whole 10 years, driven average miles per year.
CSA
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