Consumer groups are pressing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate complaints of spontaneous Kia fires. These fires are unrelated to crashes. The group filed a formal petition asking NHTSA to research four models all from the years 2011-2014. The spontaneous fires have injured at least six people. However, there are nearly 200 complaints in the database. Other organizations have nearly 500 complaints of melted wires in the engine bays, smoke or burning odors indicating potential fires.
About Kia Fires
In 2014, separate consumer groups have begun asking for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate Kia fires. One of these groups wrote to Florida Senator Bill Nelson pointing out 402 fire complaints with and without collisions. Then, Senator Nelson and the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety approached NHTSA to investigate. The agency said they had not found any problems unless there was a crash. However, the Senator found at least 23 reports of spontaneous fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles since 2014 in Florida alone. Plus, the Center for Auto Safety found 120 fire complaints that didn’t involve crashes.
The model and years of the affected cars are:
- 2011-2014 Kia Optima
- 2012-2014 Kia Sorento
- 2011-2013 Kia Sportage
- 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata
Filing Kia Fires Lawsuits
When manufacturers produce unsafe products that create pain and suffering, you deserve compensation. Although no amount of money will change the fact that you have suffered a serious injury as a result of manufacturer irresponsibility, compensation will help offset your current and future medical costs, as well as provide for the pain and suffering you have experienced. By filing, you may also help protect other people and their families from needless distress.
Contact Us Today
If you or someone you know experienced a spontaneous fire from a Kia or Hyundai vehicle, you may be eligible for compensation to ease the financial and emotional burdens you are experiencing. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, during which we will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis; this means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you, either through a jury verdict or settlement.