US to investigate car firms Hyundai and Kia over vehicle fires

_106264029_kiaSource: BBC News

US safety authorities will investigate nearly three million Hyundai and Kia vehicles over fires, in a move which could prompt mass recalls.

The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) follows thousands of complaints about the “non-crash fires”.

Incidents involving fires are linked to one death and more than 100 injuries.

It raises fresh safety concerns with the South Korean automakers, which have already been subject to US scrutiny.

The NHTSA said fire issues and engine problems have affected around six million Hyundai and Kia vehicles since 2015. So far, only about 2.4 million have been recalled for repair.

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