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Hyundai, Kia recall 570,000 vehicles, advise owners to park outside because of fire risk

Hyundai and Kia advised owners of 571,467 SUVs and vans to park outside and away form structures because the vehicles could pose a fire risk, according to recall reports submitted to the U.S. National Highway Safety Administration.

The Korean car makers said the recalled vehicles could be equipped with a faulty tow hitch assembly that can take on water and experience an electrical short. This can increase the risk of fire, according to the NHTSA reports.

A total of 567,912 Hyundai vehicles and 3,555 Kia vehicles are affected.

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Last week's car recall roundup: Ford, Honda vehicles among 1.9 million cars under recall

Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Carnival recalled

Recalled vehicles:

  • 2019-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • 2021-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe HEV

  • 2022-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in HEV

  • 2022-2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz

  • 2022-2023 Kia Carnival

Hyundai said it had received reports of one fire related to the issue, and five instances of thermal damage to the recalled part. Kia said it had received no such reports.

Owners of the recalled vehicles can expect to receive a letter by mail on May 16 with instructions to take the vehicle to an authorized Kia or Hyundai dealer for a free repair, according to the reports.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hyundai, Kia recall: Santa Fe, Santa Cruz and Carnival pose fire risk