Hyundai and Kia Models Known for Catching on FireNovember 1, 2018
Imagine driving along a busy highway when you start to smell smoke, only to realize that your own vehicle is on fire. This is exactly what happened to an unsuspecting Maryland couple as they were driving home from the beach earlier this month in their Hyundai Santa Fe SUV. Fortunately, the couple was able to safely evacuate the vehicle before it exploded, but the experience left them shaken and traumatized. The Center for Auto Safety is urging federal investigators to investigate other complaints about certain Hyundai and Kia models that have been known to spontaneously catch on fire.
The couple suspected something was wrong when the car started making noises, and then it just shut off. When the car owner checked under the hood, he saw that the engine was on fire. Anne Arundel police and firefighters quickly showed up at the scene to find the vehicle engulfed in flames. At the time, they were unable to determine the exact cause of the fire. The couple was thankful that they were able to get out of the car and run to safety before it went up in flames.
Numerous Cases of Safety Issues
The Hyundai Santa Fe SUV that the couple was driving is one of five Kia and Hyundai models from 2011 to 2014 that have had problems that could endanger the lives of the consumers. The Center for Auto Safety has found over 200 examples of melting or smoking, and roughly 160 incidences of fires that were not crash-related. Surprisingly, there have been no recalls issued. As a result, the nonprofit auto safety group is demanding a recall of 2.9 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles that are known to catch fire.
According to a spokesperson from the Center for Auto Safety, the number of complaints that have been issued about cars that catch fire while people are driving is extremely concerning. This can seriously jeopardize the safety of the vehicle occupants, as well as other drivers on the road. Kia and Hyundai need to act and address these issues before someone is injured, said the spokesperson.
Representatives from Hyundai and Kia say that their vehicles have a strong safety record and that all their vehicles meet or exceed the federal government vehicle safety standards. A Hyundai spokesperson said that the company’s top priority is customer safety, and that they are working closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address all safety related issues. If the NHTSA finds that changes need to be made to improve the safety of a vehicle, said the spokesperson, they will take the necessary action.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of All Car Accident Victims
If you have been injured in an accident involving a vehicle that caught on fire, or that had an open recall, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. If a vehicle does not meet the required safety standards, it causes serious injuries. Our experienced legal team will determine who is responsible for the vehicle that is defective. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.