* Hyundai and Kia recalling 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Korea
* Issues with engines can cause engine failure, increasing risk of crash
* Owners should listen for a “knocking sound” from the engine
Gentlemen (and women): start your engines. If you drive a Hyundai or Kia, you should pay attention to this latest recall, which looks at potential engine failure and affects more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and Korea.
Hyundai says users have reported that engines can fail and stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall covers some of the Korean automakers’ most popular models, including the 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs and 2013 and 2014 Sonata midsize cars.
Also covered are Kia Optima midsize cars from 2011 through 2014, Kia Sportage SUVs from 2011 through 2013 and Kia Sorento SUVs from 2012 through 2014.
All of these cars used either a 2-Liter or 2.4-Liter gasoline engine, made at Hyundai’s engine plant in Alabama.
The companies says debris left from manufacturing can restrict oil flow to the connecting rod bearings. Since they are cooled by oil, the restriction can increase temperatures and cause the bearings to wear and fail, thus causing the engines to stall.
If you own one of their affected vehicles, the company says to look for the engine warning light to appear on your dashboard and listen for a knocking sound from the engine that increases in frequency as speed rises.
The recall is scheduled to start on May 19 and both Hyundai and Kia says their dealers have been notified to offer free repairs. (Kia is a smaller affiliate of Hyundai.)
Despite the recall, both companies say there have been no reports of any crashes or injuries.