WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports Hyundai and Kia recalled more than 281,000 of their vehicles due to a fire risk.
The NHTSA stated the recall involves more than 245,000 Hyundai Palisade vehicle models from 2020-2022 and over 36,000 Kia Telluride vehicle models from 2020-2022.
The agency also said a "stop sale" has been issued to comply with federal regulations for affected unsold vehicles at dealers and processing centers.
According to the report, an accessory tow hitch sold through dealerships may allow moisture into the harness, causing a short circuit.
In some cases, the NHTSA said an electrical short could cause a vehicle fire while driving, parked, or turned off.
The NHTSA said Hyundai dealers have a repair available that will inspect the tow hitch module and remove the fuse, but Kia does not have a repair available right now.
Vehicle owners can visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if their vehicle is under recall.