Kia will be recalling 27,000 Niro hybrids sold within the United States due a potential defect in its wiring relay that could potentially send the rear seats up in smoke. According to filings with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kia reported a few warranty claims involving burn or heat damage to the rear seats. There was also at least one customer complaint alleging that the rear seat actually caught fire. Affected units are said to come from the 2017 and 2018 model years. The main relay located beneath the rear seats is believed to have poor connections between its contacts on some vehicles. This results in increased electrical resistance and heat. In a worst-case scenario, a fire is totally possible. Possible warning signs include dashboard alerts and a vehicle that suddenly has trouble starting. We’d also imagine a weird burning smell could be indicative of a fast-approaching issue. Consumer filings with the NHTSA have been limited to the single … [Read more...] about In the Hot Seat: Kia Niro Hybrid Recalled Over Fire Risk
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DETROIT — Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the U.S. because the air bags may not work in a crash.Combined with a previous recall expansion by Hyundai, the affiliated automakers are recalling nearly 1.1 million vehicles due to the problem, which has been linked to four deaths. The moves by both Korean automakers came after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the problems in March. The safety agency said at the time it had reports of six front-end crashes with significant damage to the cars. Four people died and six were injured.Vehicles covered by the Kia recall include 2010 through 2013 Forte compact cars and 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize cars. Also covered are Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012.In April, Hyundai expanded a recall from earlier in the year to 580,000 vehicles. Those include the 2011 through 2013 Sonata midsize car and the 2011 and 2012 Sonata Hybrid. Hyundai says the recall now … [Read more...] about Heroin dealer held by ICE after sentence review
Amazon is establishing an Alexa beachhead in the connected car world, challenging Apple and Google, both of which offer phone apps for remote services and communicating commands to your car, such as lock and unlock, start the engine and turn on the climate control. Related: Toyota Adds Amazon Alexa, Android Auto Adds Google Assistant Those other tech giants had a head start, but Amazon is rapidly catching up with available Alexa connected car "skills" (Alexa-speak for apps) from the automakers that let you tell the car what to do via Amazon's Echo and other Alexa voice-controlled devices. Apple and Google also have infiltrated the dashboard screen in the car with smartphone-based Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Amazon also has a toe in the water there with, for example, the new Ford+Alexa and Lincoln+Alexa systems. They combine an app on your phone with Ford's Sync AppLink to provide access to Alexa voice capabilities and skills in the … [Read more...] about Hey, Alexa! What Cars Can I Talk to With My Amazon Echo?