Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors announced plans to recall around 533,000 vehicles in the US due to a risk of engine fire, according to media reports.

The recall affects 378,000 Kia Soul SUVs produced between 2012 and 2016, as high exhaust temperatures risk damaging catalytic converters which in turn may cause abnormal internal combustion that could damage pistons and conrods and, ultimately, oil leaks.

At the same time Hyundai recalled 155,000 Tucson SUV models produced between 2011 and 2013 over possible oil leaks although it claimed that no injuries or accidents had been reported in connection with the defects.

Just last month Hyundai announced the recall of 168,000 vehicles due to engine and exhaust pipe defects. The total number of recalls by the two Hyundai Motor Group automakers in the US since 2015 is now 2.5m units.

Hyundai's sales in the US, including its Genesis luxury brand, fell by 1% to 678,000 units last year, while Kia's sales were flat at 589,000 units.

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