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The logo of Kia Motor is seen during an unveiling ceremony for Kia Motor's The New Soul in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by Ki...

Kia, Hyundai called to testify to Senate on car fire risk

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee is asking the CEOs of automakers Kia and Hyundai to testify next month about fire risk in their vehicles.

The request comes as a safety group demands the recall of 2.9 million Kia and Hyundai cars and SUVs in the U.S.

The Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, made their letters public Wednesday. The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 14.

The Center for Auto Safety says that since 2010, there have been more than 220 complaints to the government about fires and another 200 complaints about melted wires and smoke. The complaints involve the 2011-2014 Kia Sorento and Optima, the 2010-2015 Kia Soul, and the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe.