DETROIT — Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 1.2 million vehicles because the engines can fail and stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall covers the Korean automakers' most popular models, including 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata midsize cars. Also covered are Kia's Optima midsize cars from 2011 to 2014, Sportage SUVs from 2011 to 2013 and Sorento SUVs from 2012 to 2014.
The companies say that debris left from manufacturing can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. That can increase temperatures and cause the bearings to wear and fail.
Owners will be notified, and dealers will inspect engines and replace the block if needed at no cost. The recall is scheduled to start May 19.