The South Korean automakers last week recalled thousands of Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride cars made between 2020 and 2022, citing a fire hazard while parked or driving due to a hitch problem
There are no confirmed fires, crashes or injuries related to the problem, and a repair has not yet been identified, the department said in a consumer alert.
“An accessory trailer hitch sold through dealers may allow moisture into the spring module, causing a short circuit. In some cases, an electrical short may cause a fire in the vehicle while driving or while it is parked and turned off,” the consumer alert said.
Once a repair is available, affected vehicle owners will be notified to bring their SUVs to a Hyundai or Kia dealer, the consumer alert said. Currently, there is a temporary fix for Hyundai, but not Kia vehicles.
The recalls involved 245,030 Hyundai Palisade and 36,41[ads1]7 Kia Telluride vehicles, the consumer alert added.