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Auto News: Kia Hyundai fires, Alfa Romeo Recall

by Hagens Berman

03/13/2019

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Kia recall questions after man's car burns on I-65

An Indianapolis man is lucky to be alive after his car burst into flames on Interstate 65.

Now, he wonders why his car was not recalled when hundreds of thousands of others across the U.S. were recalled for this exact problem.

The incident with David Hollis's 2014 Kia Soul happened last December. A recall was announced earlier this year that covered the Kia Soul, although Hollis's model was not covered. Even though people with the same model have reported their cars also bursting into flames.

The same model of Hollis's car is also part of a class action lawsuit against Kia. But still, the current recall doesn't cover his particular model. read more »

Mother of man who died in a Kia fire says new recall came too late

Carol Nash demanded Kia take action to protect other drivers since our emotional interview with her in September. “Nothing is going to bring my son back,” she said.

Mother watches son burn to death in Kia fire, calls for answers from car maker

Nash said she watched as her son, Keith, burned alive inside her 2014 Kia Soul in the apartment parking just outside of Cincinnati in 2017. “No parent should have to watch their child die the way my son died,” she said. read more »

Alfa Romeo recalling 60,000 cars to fix cruise control fault

Fiat Chrysler is warning owners of more than 60,000 Alfa Romeo cars and SUVs worldwide not to use the adaptive cruise control because it might not stop working even when a driver taps the brakes.

The recall covers certain Giulia cars and Stelvio SUV models from 2017 through 2019.

The company says a software error caused the problem, and the vehicles could even accelerate if the brakes are tapped.

Adaptive cruise control is an advanced safety feature that keeps moving vehicles at a set distance from the cars in front of them. The problem is an example of how complex computerized safety devices can sometimes develop glitches. read more »

Fire engulfs Michigan man's Kia; he's not the only one

Matthew Rose described his beloved 2012 Kia Optima as a “big toasted marshmallow.”

Seeing a car burst into flames for no apparent reason was a new experience. And, it seems, Rose isn’t the only Kia or Hyundai driver to experience something so scary.

Rose said his Optima delivered great gas mileage for his 45-minute commutes back and forth to work in Grand Rapids. He really loved that midsize car.

But then it burned to a crisp on Feb. 28. read more »