Hyundai and Kia are recalling almost 1.2 million cars and SUVs because the engines can fail and stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
The affected models include the 2011-13 Kia Sportage, 2012-14 Kia Sorento and 2013-14 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
Attention Hyundai and Kia drivers: nearly 1.2 million vehicles are being recalled by the automakers.
The ministry said metal debris in crankshafts could cause engine damage, leading to possible engine stalling. Owners will have to head to the dealership, where technicians will inspect and potentially replace the engine.
Kia says it checked the engine manufacturing process for the Optima and found different procedures were used for the engines.
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In 2015, Hyundai Motor said it would recall 470,000 Sonata sedans in the United States to replace faulty engine parts, sparking questions of safety back home. But claims started growing and by May 2016 the company extended warranties on the engines. The U.S. engines were made at the Hyundai's engine plant in Alabama. If owners already shelled out for repairs, they'll have to go through the motions with Hyundai or Kia to get reimbursed.
The Associated Press reports that several popular auto and SUV models have engines that could fail and stall, possibly leading to a crash.
Hyundai and Kia combined are the world's fifth-largest automaker.
The carmaker will first look into the defects before carrying out a recall from May 22 at Hyundai and Kia Motors service centers for free of charge. There are five models of the automakers' vehicles.
The Hyundai spokesperson said the latest recall involves a new problem.