1.2M Hyundai and Kia vehicles; engines could fail

According to The Associated Press, almost 1.2 million cars and SUVs are being recalled due to a defect that can cause engines in the vehicles to stall and fail.

Included are the 2013-2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe, 2011-2013 Kia Sportage, 2011-2014 Optima, and 2012-2014 Sorento.

The two auto companies said on Friday they would recall 171,348 vehicles in South Korea because of a manufacturing problem, which les to possible engine stalling.

Hyundai and Kia say, debris left from manufacturing can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings.

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Meanwhile, Hyundai and Kia may also have to conduct similar recalls for up to 1.3 million cars with the Theta II engines, Hyundai officials said.

Competition is on a constant rise in the automobile sector which has made surviving in this cut-throat world hard for a number of automakers. If owners already shelled out for repairs, they'll have to go through the motions with Hyundai or Kia to get reimbursed.

It has reported the issue to the US authorities and is awaiting a recall there.

Owners who may have serious engine problems, as indicated by a knocking sound, an oil-pressure warning light, a check-engine light, or all three, may be eligible for a new engine. But claims started growing and by May 2016 the company extended warranties on the engines.

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The recall is scheduled to begin on May 19. Eventually it made a decision to do a recall because of the potential safety problem.

In a released statement by both companies, the defect is said to cause the affected vehicles to stall.

The 2015 US recall involved some half million vehicles. Globally, the tally is more than 100 million.

The Hyundai spokesperson said the latest recall involves a new problem. The company agreed to pay $125 million to individual victims and $850 million to automakers.

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