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Mother of man who died in a Kia fire says new recall came too late

Posted: 4:20 PM, Mar 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-07 23:41:51Z
Kia to announce recall on tens of thousands of vehicles

Carol Nash demanded Kia take action to protect other drivers since our emotional interview with her in September. “Nothing is going to bring my son back,” she said.

Mother watches son burn to death in Kia fire, calls for answers from car maker

Nash said she watched as her son, Keith, burned alive inside her 2014 Kia Soul in the apartment parking just outside of Cincinnati in 2017. “No parent should have to watch their child die the way my son died,” she said.

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF KIA FIRES

Kia announced a recall just last week. They automaker says the 2012 to 2016 Souls have a defect with the catalytic converter which could cause a fire.

The latest recall also comes after I-Team reporter Jackie Callaway’s reports on other Kia fires and an I-team interview with a Kia whistle blower who says the company knew about the fires as far back as 2017.

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Nash says she plans to join one of the multiple class action suits recently filed against Kia and Hyundai for these fires.

“They have to be accountable for what they knew was wrong,” she said.

Court documents list dozens of plaintiffs from Florida to California with allegations of deceptive and fraudulent business practices.

“I don't want this to ever and I mean ever happen again,” Nash told us.

Kia and Hyundai are also reportedly under investigation by prosecutors in the U.S. and South Korea for whether the automakers handled recalls properly.

Last month, Korean prosecutors raided Hyundai’s offices in Seoul.