Kia Recalls 71,000 SUVs for Fire Risk

2009 Kia Sportage.

Kia America issued a new recall for certain 2008-2009 Kia Sportage vehicles due to a continued risk of fire, and strongly urges owners of these vehicles to park their cars outside and away from homes and other structures until their vehicles have been repaired. 

An engine compartment fire originating from around the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) may occur while the vehicle is parked or being driven.

Kia said 71,704 vehicles are potentially affected.

These vehicles were previously recalled in 2016, and owners will need to have their vehicles repaired again under this new recall. 

The recall repair is under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed Dec. 22. 

Owners may contact Kia customer service at 800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC253.

Vehicle owners can visit and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle is under recall.

Owners can also download NHTSA’s SaferCar app for Apple or Android. Enter the vehicle, tires, car seat, or other vehicle equipment, and the app will push a notification if a recall is issued.

Source: NHTSA

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