WASHINGTON — More than 1 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and South Korea are being recalled because of engine issues. The recalls have been issued by Hyundai and Kia.
The recall covers some of the South Korean automakers’ most popular models, including 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs, and Sonata midsize cars.
Vehicles included 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 have 2- or 2.4-liter gasoline engines that were made at the Hyundai’s engine plant in Alabama.
Owners of the recalled cars will likely hear a clunky sound from the engine that speeds up as the engine speed rises. Engine lights on the dashboard are also likely to light up.
In 2015, Hyundai recalled more than 470,000 Sonatas in the U.S. because of faulty engine parts.
The latest recall could cost each company as much as $250 billion, though both companies declined to comment.
The recall will officially roll out May 19 when the companies notify owners they will need to have their vehicle examined by the dealer.
The companies will replace the block if necessary. The companies have not reported any injuries associated with the faulty engines.