Can you imagine what these Louisiana Kia and Hyundai owners are thinking right now?

Seriously, imagine being in the middle of the most brutal heat wave of the summer and receiving the alarming news that they are being asked to park their vehicles outside? The heat indices have soared well into the triple digits over the last week, and temperatures have been absolutely unbearable. Seeking every possible break from the scorching heat, this precautionary message comes as terrible news for those affected.

Hyundai and Kia are taking action to ensure safety, as they have issued a recall for nearly 92,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to a potential fire hazard. The concern stems from an electronic controller in the oil pump that can overheat and potentially cause fires. As a result, they are advising owners to park their vehicles away from structures until necessary repairs are completed.

According to WBRZ, the vehicles affected by the recall include certain 2023 and 2024 models of Hyundai Palisades, as well as some 2023 Tucson, Sonata, Elantra, and Kona vehicles. For Kia owners, the recall includes the 2023 Soul and Sportage, along with some 2023 and 2024 Seltos vehicles.

According to documents posted by U.S. safety regulators, the issue appears to be related to a damaged capacitor on a circuit board within the oil pump assembly for the transmission. This damage can lead to a short circuit, significantly increasing the risk of a fire.

Thankfully, as of now, there have been no reported fires or injuries caused by this issue. Kia has received six reports of melting components, while Hyundai has confirmed four "thermal incidents" but no injuries.

To address the problem, dealers will inspect and replace the oil pump controller if necessary. Hyundai owners will receive notification letters on Sept. 25, while Kia owners can expect to be notified starting Sept. 28.

In the meantime, it is undoubtedly a challenging situation for the affected Kia and Hyundai owners in Louisiana. With the scorching heat wave in full swing, being asked to park their vehicles outside might add further stress and discomfort to their lives. However, it's essential to prioritize safety above all else, and the automakers are taking proactive steps to address the issue promptly.

As we approach the notification dates, Kia and Hyundai owners in Louisiana are likely hoping for a quick resolution and cooler days ahead. For now, they must endure the heat with the knowledge that their safety is being prioritized by the automakers, and they can count on their dealers to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible.

See the full story here via WBRZ.

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