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Recall Alert: Kia, Hyundai and chili kits

Recall alert

Kia Motor Co. has issued a recall for 618,160 cars over an issue with the engine.

The automaker reports that the engine's bearings could wear out prematurely, causing it to seize up and increasing the risk of an accident.

The problem is believed to stem from the manufacturing process.

The following models are affected by this recall:

-- 2011-2014 Optima

-- 2012-2014 Sorento

-- 2011-2013 Sportage

Kia will notify owners, who will need to take the cars in for a free inspection. If necessary, the automaker will replace the engine for free, starting May 25. The number associated with this recall is SC147.

Customers with questions can contact the automaker at 800-333-4542.

Meanwhile, Hyundai has issued a similar recall for 572,000 cars over the same issue. The automaker reports that the 2013- 2014 Sonata and Santa Fe Sport vehicles are affected by its recall.

It will notify owners and then dealers will inspect the engine and replace the short block if necessary for free. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 162.

Owners with questions can contact the company at 800-633-5151.

Finally, Conagra Brands Inc. has issued a recall for its Hunt’s Chili Kits that might be contaminated with salmonella. The company reports the chili seasoning used in the packed from a supplier is the source of the problem.

The food was sold in retail stores and military commissaries nationwide. They have a Best By date of April 4 or 5 or May 1, 2018.

There have been no reports of illnesses but customers are asked to return the kits to the store for a refund.

Customers with questions can contact Conagra Brands by calling 800-921-7404.

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