Recall Alert: Trunk Hatches on Hyundais and Kias Refuse to Unlatch

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Hyundai and Kia have recalled over 600,000 vehicles. A trunk latch shared by both brands is prone to cracking, which then can prevent the trunk from being openable from the inside.
The automaker is concerned that if children are left unattended in the vehicle, the broken latch could prevent them from escaping, an especially dangerous scenario during extreme temperatures.
40 warranty claims are linked to the faulty latch, but so far no related injuries have been reported. Owners can contact the manufacturer or use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) campaign numbers 21V619000 and 21V622000 for more info.
The rear of a 2019 Kia Forte
A few Kia and Hyundai models have faulty trunk hatches.

More details on Hyundai and Kia’s joint recall

Consumer Reports says six models are part of the recall: Hyundai’s Accent, Azera, Sonata, and Sonata Hybrid, and Kia’s Forte, Forte Koup, and Rio. All of the models related to the recall were made between 2016 and 2020.
In high temperatures, the trunk latch can crack, causing the emergency interior release to fail. If someone is in the trunk when the crack occurs, they could be trapped inside—an extra scary scenario during hot weather.
Upgraded parts were introduced in 2017, but not to every model. The recalled vehicles will have their latches replaced by the heat-resistant, steel-reinforced latch to remove the hazard. Owners are expected to receive notification by mail on October 1, 2021.

How a car recall works

Recalls are common occurrences in the auto industry. Participating in them is easy—and it’s free. Evading them can be extremely dangerous. If you discover that your vehicle is part of a recall, you should have it examined as soon as possible.
The NHTSA makes it easy to find out if your car is part of a recall. Simply insert your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the government organization’s website and it will connect you to any info about recalls related to your car.
If you contact your auto dealer, they can also provide you with the same information. They will also inspect and repair any recall-related issues free of charge.

Other ways to avoid paying for breakdowns

Recalls and warranties cover a lot of the mistakes made by automakers, but they aren’t 100% air-tight. There will always be a risk that your car has an unknown flaw.
Adding mechanical breakdown insurance to your policy can further protect you from unexpected defects in your car. While it’s not for everyone, mechanical breakdown insurance is usually cheaper than extended warranties, and it covers the same types of issues, (i.e. any engine failure not caused by regular wear and tear or an accident).
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