Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor Company will recall more than 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S., including three crossover and SUV models, in order to fix an engine defect that could cause the vehicles to stall.
The affected models include the 2011-13 Kia Sportage, 2012-14 Kia Sorento and 2013-14 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The 2011-14 Kia Optima and 2013-14 Hyundai Sonata sedans are also affected.
The automakers reported the recalls to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on March 31.
“Hyundai is initiating this action to ensure the safety and quality of its vehicles and the continued satisfaction of its customers,” said Miles Johnson, spokesman at Hyundai.
The recall affects nearly 166,000 Kia Sorento models with the 2.4-liter engine, and more than 8,000 Kia Sportage vehicles with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is equipped with both engines. It was not immediately clear how many Santa Fe Sports are affected.
Errors made during engine production may cause premature bearing wear, which could lead to a vehicle stall and increase the risk of a crash, according to documents filed to NHTSA.
Johnson said that both engines were made at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery, Ala.
The automakers will notify owners and instruct dealerships to inspect the engine assembly. If necessary, replacements will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 25, 2017.
Kia reported that no crashes or injuries have been caused by the issue since its first affected vehicle was sold in 2010.
The news comes during a difficult period for the Kia and Hyundai brands. Sales of Hyundai vehicles were down 5.6 percent through the first three months of 2017, while Kia sales have fallen by 12.7 percent during that time.