In 2017, Hyundai and Kia recalled 1.5 million vehicles in the United States, Canada, and South Korea. It was one of the biggest recalls that year which affected 1.19 million models in the U.S.A and over 114,000 in Canada.
Thinking what was the issue? Hyundai’s 2.0 and 2.4 Theta II engine in Hyundai Sonata 2011-2014 and Santa Fe Sport 2013-2014. The engine metal debris let too premature bearing wear and potential engine failure. NHTSA investigated the whole matter and found that the automaker did not recall 1.6 million vehicles.
Finally, the Hyundai Motor America and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have reached an agreement for this recall. According to this Hyundai will pay $54 million as penalties and will invest $40 million to improve its safety operation that includes building a safety field test and inspection laboratory in the states. Additionally, a deferred payment of $46 million will have to be paid by the automaker depending on its meet with NHTSA.
On the other hand, Kia is also fined with $27 million cash penalties plus a levied fine of $27 million and to invest $16 million for safety improvement. Kia is also fined for the same engine recall on its 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento, and 2011-2013 Sportage, said by NHTSA.
Hyundai has created a special website for engine recalls for consumers who need information about the second recall. The recalls over this website also include Hyundai and Kia models that call for the software update. This website and the NHTSA website also allow owners to find if their vehicles are included for recalls or not.