The club said its members involved in the transportation of new and used vehicles such as car carrier, ferry and containership operators should be aware of a recall of Hyundai and Kia models at great risk of fire.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said an electrical short circuit could potentially start a fire in the tow hitch harness module fitted to the following models: 2022-2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz, 2019-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2021-2023 Santa Fe Hybrid, 2022-2023 Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid, 2022-2023 Kia Carnival.
Kia and Hyundai have recommended that vehicles be parked outside away from homes and other structures until the recall has been completed, but claim the vehicles are safe to drive.
Steamship Mutual thanked the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) for its advice that:
• As the supplier of the defective part is located in the Republic of Korea, there is a high likelihood that this recall campaign could affect other countries.
• We urge all CINS members to take appropriate measures to prevent these cars being loaded on board all ships
The Club urged members who may carry affected vehicles “to take note of these recall notices and expeditiously consider implementing appropriate risk assessments and mitigation measures, given the enhanced risk that has been identified.”
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