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U.S. Investigates Hyundai-Kia Engine Recall


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Federal prosecutors in New York City are probing whether two U.S. engine recalls by Hyundai Motor Co. and its Kia Motors affiliate in 2015 and 2017 were conducted quickly enough, Reuters says.

Launched in 2015, the first campaign covered 470,000 Hyundai Sonata sedans equipped with the company’s 2.0- or 2.4-liter Theta II gasoline engine. The company expanded the callback two years later in a global recall that included an additional 572,000 Sonatas and Santa Fe crossovers in the U.S.

Over the same period, Kia conducted a similar recall involving the same engine in 618,200 of its Optima family sedans, Sorento midsize crossovers and Sportage compact crossovers.

At the time, the companies said metal particles may have been introduced into the engine by crankshafts whose oil passages weren’t properly flushed ahead of final assembly. The particles could lead to premature bearing wear and engine failure.

Reuters says Hyundai-Kia previously set aside about 1 trillion won ($888 million) to cover the cost of repairing engine problems, which involves replacing the engine block.

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