Illinois residents who own a Kia or Hyundai vehicle may have heard of fires involving cars from these two brands. The Center for Auto Safety reported a total of 276 across 44 states with 25 fires in Florida alone. This data spans up to the first week of January 2019. It turns out, however, that a certain Kia employee had warned the automaker back in 2017 about an issue that could be contributing to the fires.
Illinois motorists may be interested to learn that Hyundai and Kia are being sued by consumers over an engine defect that causes vehicle fires. The class-action suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Dec. 14.
Manufacturing or design defects show up in vehicles throughout Illinois all of the time. Recalls are conducted when these problems seriously affect the safety of drivers and passengers. Even though it's in the best interest of a vehicle owner to follow the recall, a report from the Consumer Federation of America shows that 25 to 30 percent of recalled vehicles never get repaired. At any given time, there are as many as 70 million vehicles with open recalls out on the road.
Some Illinois car owners might be affected by the news that Ford has ordered the recall of thousands of plug-in hybrid vehicles after learning that some of their power cords overheated and started fires. The models affected include the Focus hatchback, Fusion sedan and C-Max wagons built between 2012 and 2015. Ford says that it will distribute replacement power cords that automatically stop charging when the plug or wall outlet become dangerously hot.
Illinois consumers who own or ride in Ford Ranger pickups from model year 2006 could be in immediate danger from faulty airbags. A recall notice from Ford Motor Co. directs people to contact their local dealerships to confirm whether their vehicles are on the newest recall list of about 3,000 Rangers in North America. Two deaths caused by malfunctioning airbags in 2006 Rangers prompted the automaker to announce the recall.
Many Illinois residents live with the fear of experiencing severe allergic reactions that can become deadly if left untreated. EpiPens contain the hormone epinephrine and are used in emergencies to stave off the potentially lethal effects of an allergic reaction. In the past year, EpiPens have been linked to seven deaths when the devices failed to deploy correctly.
Illinois Volkswagen owners should be aware of a recall issued by the company covering CC and Passat models. The German car maker announced a recall of nearly 281,000 cars because of problems with their fuel pumps. According to documents filed by VW, the computer that controls the fuel pump can lose power, stopping the flow of gas to the engine. The same problem can also cause the fuel pump to continue running even when the vehicle has been shut off.