DETROIT – Hyundai and Kia are telling owners of some large SUVs to park outside and away from buildings after several fires involving trailer hitch cables.
The Korean automaker is recalling more than 281,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of the problem, but they don’t yet know how to fix it. The automakers reported 25 fires or melting incidents in the US and Canada caused by the problem, but no accidents or injuries.
The recall covers more than 245,000 Hyundai Palisades and more than 36,000 Kia Telluride SUVs from the 2020 to 2022 model years.
In a document posted Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company said dust and moisture can collect on circuit boards in wiring connections. It can cause an electric shock, which can cause a fire.
Hyundai said that dealers will check the wiring and remove the fuse as an interim repair. Kia does not have a temporary fix. The company says the final fix is being developed.
In addition, dealers from both automakers have stopped selling the affected SUVs until repairs are made.
Both Kia and Hyundai recalled several vehicles in February due to concerns about the risk of engine compartment fires.
You can check whether your vehicle is being recalled NHTSA’s Safety Issues and Recalls page.