Most people in California would be shocked to learn that their car is at risk of catching fire at any moment. In fact, a recall notice communicating this fire risk would prompt a lot of people to go straight to the dealership to turn their car in. Unfortunately, some vehicles are not recalled in time.
The 2013 Kia Soul
One woman experienced a car fire in a vehicle model that has not been recalled. Without any warning, smoke suddenly began to fill the inside of the woman’s 2013 Kia Soul. Only seconds after the woman was able to escape, her car went up in flames.
6.5 million Hyundai and Kia cars recalled
Certain models of Hyundai and Kia cars manufactured between 2010 and 2021 have been recalled for well-documented fire risks. Many people fear that the massive recall of 6.5 million cars has not taken care of the full scope of the problem. An investigation into car fires by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is still ongoing.
The preliminary investigation
In March 2019, the NHTSA and Kia began investigating 2010 through 2015 Kia Soul models for a fire hazard. While millions of cars have already been recalled, the NHTSA has not yet commented on the findings of its ongoing investigation. The Center for Auto Safety has tried to push regulators toward a recall of 2013 Kia Souls, but the NHTSA has not recalled that specific model yet.
Seek compensation for vehicle fires
If you experienced a vehicle fire, you may want to speak to an attorney about filing a personal injury claim for compensation. An attorney may assist you in pursuing compensation for your property damage, physical injuries and mental distress.