Hyundai and KIA will recall more than 600,000 vehicles across the United States due to an issue that could prevent the internal boot latch from firing.
The review affected 348,158 Hyundai vehicles and 253,074 KIA vehicles. South Korean automakers have determined that at high temperatures, a thermal crack can form in the boot latch, which will intermittently cause the internal emergency boot release system to malfunction. This means that suddenly collided vehicles do not meet the requirements of the Federal Vehicle Safety Standard, and if there is a person in the trunk and the latch is cracked, he will not be able to get out.
To solve this problem, replacement parts have been manufactured that better resist thermal compression and also include steel reinforcement to prevent damage or delamination. Although Hyundai and KIA are unaware of any injuries associated with this issue, over 40 warranty claims have been filed.
Vehicles affected by the recall include Hyundai Accent 2016-2017, Azera 2016-2017, Sonata 2017-2018. and a hybrid Sonata 2016-2018, as well as KIA Rio 2018-2019, Forte and Forte Koup 2016-2018. All owners of affected vehicles will be notified by first class mail with instructions to bring their vehicles to their local dealerships to replace the boot latch assembly with a new one. Dealers will be notified on September 30th and owners will be notified between October 5th and 8th. If owners have already been paid to fix the problem, they will be reimbursed for the repair.