The active of the Senate Commerce Board appear Wednesday that they accept asked top admiral from Hyundai and Kia to affirm about letters of agent fires involving their vehicles, according to Reuters.
Consumer advancement accumulation Center for Auto Assurance aloft apropos about fires afterwards collisions involving both brands, saying last anniversary that 103 blaze complaints were filed with U.S. assurance regulators back June 12.
The National Highway Traffic Assurance Administration opened a delving in May 2017 into the anamnesis of 1.7 actor cartage by the two companies, launched by apropos that the aboriginal anamnesis of cars with adulterated engines was not far extensive enough.
Ranking board affiliate Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonBottom Line Basal Line Media and candidates should be abashed that they don’t allocution about blubber MORE (D-Fl.) said a blaze afterlife had been appear aftermost year in a 2014 Kia Soul unrelated in a non-collision scenario.
“We’ve got to get to the basal of what’s causing these fires,” Nelson said in a account according to Reuters. “Car owners charge to apperceive if their cartage are safe.”
Hyundai recalled 470,000 U.S. cartage in 2015, adage that agent failures could aftereffect in crash-inducing stalling. In 2017, the architect broadcast its anamnesis by 572,000 new cartage and was abutting in the anamnesis by adolescent Korean-car ambassador Kia, which removed 618,160 cars.
A agent for Kia after told The Hill that the aggregation would “continue to voluntarily cooperate” with the Senate Commerce Committee.
“Kia Motors America (KMA) shares the ambition of the Senate Commerce Board to assure the assurance of the cartage we advertise to our barter and which are apprenticed on American roads. Kia will abide to voluntarily abet with the Committee — and the federal bureau with primary administration over agent safety: [National Highway Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA)] — and is in the action of responding to its contempo inquiries apropos agent fires,” the agent said.
The agent added that Kia was alive to accommodate NHTSA with abstracts apropos the assurance achievement of its vehicles, including apropos about fires.
“[Kia] is committed to accouterment this accordant advice in a appropriate address and to use this advice to advance a abstracts apprenticed assay of Kia agent safety,” the agent said.
Representatives from Hyundai did not anon acknowledge to The Hill’s requests for comment.