Hyundai and Kia are recalling about 2,000 vehicles combined because a bad connection beneath the rear seat could cause a fire.
Hyundai is recalling 754 Ioniq hybrid and plug-In hybrid vehicles while Kia is recalling 1,039 Niro crossovers. All vehicles are from the 2017 and 2018 model years.
While the recalls were issued separately, the problem is identical in the two vehicles.
According to the recall notices on Transport Canada’s website, the power relay assembly beneath the rear seat may have an inadequate connection. That could increase electrical resistance and generate heat, increasing the risk of fire causing injury and/or damage to property.
The problem might also cause the illumination of the HEV warning light while driving and/or an inability to start the vehicle.
Dealers will inspect the power relay assembly for signs of thermal damage. If no thermal damage is found, the main relay will be replaced. If signs of thermal damage exist, the power relay assembly will be replaced.
Hyundai has sold 2,729 Ioniqs through September while Kia has sold 2,067 units of the Niro, nearly double the 1,115 it sold last year.