Hyundai and Kia have recalled over a million cars. If you own a 2013-2014 Sonata or Santa Fe Sport, a 2011-2014 Optima, a 2012-2014 Sorento, or 2011-2013 Sportage, be prepared to hurry over to your nearest dealer, because crashing after your engine just stalled is a cruddy way to go.
The problem in all of these vehicles is being caused by a machining error that made a particular engine bearing prone to wearing out and failing. After that it’s all downhill, sometimes literally.
Fortunately no injuries or deaths have resulted from the problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
You’ll know you need to bring your car in if you get a letter Hyundai or Kia saying your vehicle is affected by the recall. In the meantime, drive save and keep an ear out for any strange noises under the hood.