U.S. Senate's hearing on Hyundai, Kia car engine fires was delayed
U.S. Senate's hearing on Hyundai, Kia car engine fires was delayed
  • Lee Jun-sung
  • 승인 2018.11.14 11:47
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CAS says, 'Hyundai, Kia CEOs' rejection to witness attendance is a key reason'

The U.S. Senate's hearing on the engine fire of Hyundai and Kia cars has been postponed. The U.S. Senate originally decided to hold a hearing on the engine fire of Hyundai and Kia vehicles on Nov. 14 (local time) and asked each company's CEO to attend as a witness.

According to the Reuters report on Nov. 8 (local time), however, the U.S. Senate committee said the hearing was suspended and scheduled again.

Regarding this, the U.S. automotive consumer group, "The Center for Auto Safety (CAS)," issued a statement saying, "The hearing was delayed because Hyundai and Kia CEOs refused to attend the hearing."

"We will continue to press through recall and thorough investigation until Hyundai and Kia are responsible for 3 million cars that can burn anytime," said a secretary general of the CAS in a statement.

"There has already been one person killed and several injured in a car fire, and how many more people should be in a car fire accident before a proper action is taken," he said.

"Since May, an unusual number of fires have been reported from owners of Kia Optima, Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata. Related to this, we petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last June for an investigation into more than 100 fires," the CAS said.

In July, dozens of fires were reported while driving in the 2010-2015 Kia Soul, and the CAS added them to the petition. The CAS said it had reported 250 car fires in five car models until this day.

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