Are 3 Million Hyundai and Kia Cars Too Dangerous to Drive?

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What are the odds that your car will set itself on fire without ever being involved in a collision? Much higher than you’d think, especially if you’re one of these 3 million Hyundai and Kia owners. The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has put together a list of vehicles that they say should be taken off the road until a pending government investigation ends with a comprehensive recall.

CAS says Kia and Hyundai have done nothing but provide empty statements about working directly with vehicle owners who report fires. In addition, both automakers seem to be waiting for NHTSA to conclude its investigation to determine if additional actions should be taken.

About half of these vehicles have already been recalled for multiple problems with the troublesome Theta II engine, but CAS says more needs to be done. Not only did the previous recalls exclude at-risk vehicles, but “repaired” cars are still catching on fire anyway.

A new recall may be even more important considering CAS knows of at least 12 fires that occurred in vehicles that had already been recalled due to engine-related problems.

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