Hyundai Motor America and Kia America have issued a recall on select 2020-2022 Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride vehicles due to an electrical short than can cause a fire while driving or parked.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an accessory tow hitch sold through dealerships may allow moisture into the harness module, causing a short circuit. In some cases, an electrical short can cause a vehicle fire while driving or while parked and turned off.
Additionally, a “stop sale” is being issued as of today’s (Aug. 23, 2022) filing, in accordance with federal regulations, for affected unsold vehicles at dealers and vehicle processing centers.
There are no confirmed fires, crashes or injuries related to this condition in the United States.
As an interim repair, Hyundai dealers will inspect the tow hitch module and remove the fuse, as necessary. An interim repair is not available for Kia vehicles.
The recall repair is under development. When a repair is available, all owners of vehicles potentially equipped with affected trailer hitch wiring harnesses will be notified by mail with instructions to bring their vehicles to a Hyundai or Kia dealer.
Vehicle owners can visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle is under recall. Owners can also download NHTSA’s SaferCar app for Apple or Android. Enter the vehicle, tires, car seat, or other vehicle equipment, and the app will push a notification if a recall is issued.