Hyundai and Kia have issued a recall for nearly 485,000 vehicles because they could start a fire even when they are not running.

The recall affects certain Kia 2016-18 K900 and 2014-16 Sportage models and certain Hyundai 2016-18 Santa Fe, 2017-18 Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Santa Fe XL, and 2014-15 Tucson models.

In the Hyundai models, the anti-lock brake system module could malfunction and cause an electrical short. This could cause an engine compartment fire when the vehicle is parked or while driving.

In the Kia vehicles, the hydraulic electronic control unit module is affected and could also cause a fire.

Because of the potential for a fire, Hyundai and Kia are urging affected vehicle owners to park outside and away from any structures until a recall repair has been completed.

To repair the issue, Hyundai and Kia dealers will install a new fuse and replace the ABS module as necessary at no cost to the vehicle owner.

Kia vehicle owners can expect to receive a recall notice by mail starting around March 31, while Hyundai vehicle owners can expect a recall notice around April 5.

Questions about the recall can be directed to Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542 and Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460.

The automakers have had 11 reports of fires, but no reports of injuries in the U.S., according to the reports filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about Kia and Hyundai.

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