Kia, Hyudai To Recall Million Plus Vehicles

Hyundai and Kia say they are voluntarily recalling more than 170,000 vehicles in South Korea over a defective engine. Kia's recall affects about 618,160 examples of the 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage.

Hyundai and Kia make their own Theta GDI engines in the Montgomery, Alabama manufacturing plant, which led to both automakers investigating the issue after it was discovered in the Sonata sedans.

South Korea's transport ministry said on Friday metal debris in crankshafts could cause engine damage, leading to possible loss of motive power.

The automaker will inspect the vehicles in question and replace the entire engines of cars with the defect.

In May 2016, Kia learned of a Hyundai Sonata warranty extension program and chose to analyze the data for the Theta engines.

Owners will hear a knocking sound from the engine that increases in frequency as the engine speed rises. The new recall is expected to be the second for this type of engine that will address manufacturing defects.

The ministry began investigating defects in the Theta 2 engine in October after reports that a faulty crankshaft may cause the auto to suddenly stop while driving. If owners already shelled out for repairs, they'll have to go through the motions with Hyundai or Kia to get reimbursed. The recall in Korea will initiate on May 22 and the exact schedule of the recall in the US has not been decided yet. Eventually it chose to do a recall because of the potential safety problem. Sales of Hyundai vehicles were down 5.6 percent through the first three months of 2017, while Kia sales have fallen by 12.7 percent during that time. Globally, the tally is more than 100 million. The number of recall vehicles is extremely close to the annual sales of the automaker in the U.S.

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