Oklahoma man seeks answers after brother killed in sudden car fire

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ADA, Okla. — An Ada man is speaking out a year after his mom’s KIA Soul burst into flames, killing his older brother.

It happened in April of 2017 in Ohio.

“My brother was going to the grocery store and was backing the car back into a parking spot at her apartment in Cincinnati, Ohio, and it burst into flames with him inside of it,” Kelly Nash told News 4.

His mom saw what happened and rushed to the car.

“She was in her apartment complex, she heard the explosion and she went outside and saw it was her car and she basically tried to get to my brother to help get him out of the car,” Nash said.

However, Nash said the doors automatically locked when the car caught fire. His brother didn’t make it out alive.

It’s been happening all over the country. However, so far, Nash’s brother, Keith, is the only victim who’s died.

“I would like answers to the reasons why this happened and why my brother lost his life at the age of 48 years old,” Nash said. “KIA came in, and they had an investigator, and they determined that it did happen somewhere in the motor but they could not determine exactly where it happened at in the motor because it was too charred.”

In many cases, KIA claims the owner should have received a recall notice, which Nash’s mom never got.

“There’s still millions of people out there driving around with unrepaired recalls that they don’t even know have been recalled,” Jason Levine with the Center for Auto Safety told NBC News.

Now, Nash said he wants some more answers from KIA.

“He was our life. We all loved my older brother. He was an amazing person, and for him to lose his life like this is absolutely absurd,” Nash said.

We called the KIA media line for comment and have not heard back.

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