3 Kia, Hyundai Car Fires Reported On First Coast As Part Of 120+ Nationwide

Jun 13, 2018

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) is calling on federal regulators to look into more than 120 spontaneous car fires affecting various models - and model years - of Kia and Hyundai vehicles.

Credit Hyundai/Kia

According to Nelson’s office, dozens of those fires involved cars in Florida, including three here on the First Coast.

In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Wednesday, Nelson asked what steps the agency is taking to address the fires, saying “owners need to know if their vehicles are safe.”

Last month an Ocala woman’s 2012 Kia Sorento burst into flames. Susan King told WCJB she’s still waiting to hear why.

WJCB reported Kia had issued a safety recall notice but did not have a valid address to send it to her. Kia also told WJCB it had not been granted access to inspect the vehicle to determine what went wrong.

According to Nelson’s office, vehicle fires have also been reported locally in Atlantic Beach, Palatka and St. Augustine.

Here is a breakdown of the fires reported accross Florida, according to Nelson’s office:

Credit Sen. Bill Nelson's office

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter @cydwjctnews.