Park outside: Fire hazard prompts Hyundai and Kia to recall hitch

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FILE – This file photo combination shows the Kia Motors logo on December 13, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea, top, and the Hyundai logo on April 15, 2018, in the southern Denver suburb of Littleton, Colorado, bottom . (AP Photo, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai and Kia are asking owners of some of their large SUVs to park them outside and away from buildings after a series of fires involving trailer hitch wiring.

Korean automakers are recalling more than 281,000 vehicles in the United States because of the problem, but have yet to figure out how to fix it. Automakers have reported 25 fires or meltdown incidents in the United States and Canada caused by the issue, but no accidents or injuries.

The recalls cover more than 245,000 Hyundai Palisades and more than 36,000 Kia Telluride SUVs from model years 2020 through 2022.

In documents released Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the companies said debris and moisture can accumulate in a tow hitch wiring circuit board. This can cause an electrical short, which can cause a fire.

Hyundai said dealers will inspect the wiring and remove a fuse as an interim fix. Kia does not have an intermediate repair. The companies say a final fix is ​​in development.

Additionally, dealerships of both automakers have stopped selling the affected SUVs until repairs are completed.

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