Kia and Hyundai recall Telluride and Palisade models due to fire risk – USA TODAY

Hyundai and Kia motors are advising the owners of certain models to park their cars outside and away from structures because they may burst into flames, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this week. 
The recall affects 245,030 vehicles of Hyundai’s Palisade SUV model years 2020-2022 and 36,417 vehicles of Kia’s Telluride SUV model of the same years, according to the NHTSA.
Both manufacturers estimate that 1% of the recalled cars have the defect. The sale of the affected models has been halted as required by federal regulations. 
Both models have a faulty tow hitch system that can let in moisture and cause a short circuit, which can ignite a fire. 
Documents posted by the NHTSA Tuesday revealed the manufacturers still had not figured out how to repair the defect. Hyundai will offer an interim repair that will remove the fuse from the tow hitch module to eliminate the fire risk. 
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Both Hyundai and Kia said that owners of the impacted vehicles would receive notice by mail in October instructing them to take their vehicle to a dealer for inspection and possible repair. 
Contributing: Associated Press

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