Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have recalled a combined 300,000 vehicles over problems with the hood latches in the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sedona that can cause the hood to open while driving. Kia Motors America Inc. will recall nearly 220,000 model year 2006 to 2014 Kia Sedona minivans because of the issue with the hood latch, while Hyundai Motor America will recall about 81,000 model year 2016 Tucson SUVs. NHTSA warned in a notice:
If the primary hood latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch cannot secure the hood, the hood may unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Affected Kia Sedonas were manufactured between June 2005 and April 2014. Affected Hyundai Tuscons were made between May 2015 and March 2016. The automakers plan to contact owners and have dealers replace the secondary hood latch at no charge. Alternatively, Kia might clean and lubricate the latch depending on its condition.
The secondary hood latch problem in the Kia Sedona is due to corrosion of the latch. The new hood latches will have an enhanced corrosion coating. Kia said in a statement that it is voluntarily recalling the vehicles after determining that corrosion could cause the secondary latch to remain open when the hood is closed.
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