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U.S. regulators step up probe into Hyundai, Kia engine fires

Dec 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. vehicle safety company has stepped up its probe into engine fires which have plagued some Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) and Kia Motors Corp (000270.KS) vehicles for over six a very long time.

The Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Safety Administration (NHTSA) claimed it skilled opened an “engineering evaluation” masking about 3 million vehicles to look at, amongst different objects, the efficacy of recollects initiated by the 2 automakers. The company added that it was aware of 161 fires occurring most likely because of motor failures.

An engineering analysis is the next step in a process that would information to a keep in mind, even though often NHTSA closes this form of probes with out requiring any motion.

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The company skilled opened an investigation in 2019 masking the 2011-2014 Kia Optima and Sorento and the 2010-2015 Kia Soul, along with the 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe to look into conditions of non-crash fires.

Hyundai and Kia stated on Monday they carry on to thoroughly cooperate with NHTSA in regard to non-collision engine fires.

The 2 South Korean organizations had agreed to a doc $210 million civil penalty final yr proper after regulators said they failed to recollect 1.6 million vehicles for engine considerations in a effectively timed method.

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Reporting by Kannaki Deka in Bengaluru Enhancing by Maju Samuel

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