Kia Recalls 380K More Cars for Fire Risk

Not unlike sister brand Hyundai, Kia recently has had to contend with massive recalls on its vehicles for fire risks. Another officially went up today for its Cadenza sedan and Sportage SUV, which are susceptible to engine fires similar to a September recall for the Stinger hatchback.

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The affected vehicles include nearly 380,000 model-year 2017-19 Cadenzas and model-year 2017-21 Sportages not equipped with Kia’s Smart Cruise Control adaptive cruise control system. As with the Stinger, the offending component is the hydraulic electronic control unit. The electrical circuit in the unit may short-circuit, which can cause an engine fire, increasing the risk of injury.

Until the repair is complete, owners are advised to park outside and away from structures as a precaution. To fix the issue, dealers will replace certain fuses in the electrical junction box. Vehicles equipped with an electronic parking brake will also receive a control unit software update. All repairs will be done for free, and the recall will begin April 30. Owners with further questions can call Kia at 800-333-4542, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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