The US Department of Transportation says that owners of some Hyundai and Kia SUVs that were recently recalled because they could catch fire

should park them outside and away from their homes until they are fixed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website showed that

South Korean automakers recalled thousands of Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride vehicles made from 2020 to 2022 last week.

They did this because of a problem with the trailer hitch that could cause fires while the cars are parked or in motion.

But Kia said in a statement on Tuesday that there had been six fires in Telluride cars from the 2020 model year. Five of those fires were "localised

melting only," Kia said. There were no fires in the 2021 or 2022 models, but they were recalled as a safety measure.  

Kia said it would reimburse owners for the money they had already spent on repairs.

The Transportation Department did not answer when asked to comment on what seemed to be a difference between Kia and them about fires.

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