WASHINGTON, DC – According to an online news report posted on nytimes.com and several other news websites, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Kia is recalling about 380,000 Sportage and Cadenza vehicles over a spontaneous fire risk causing property damage, house fires, injuries, and potential fatalities. The news report concerns certain Cadenza and Sportage models that have an electronic component defect that might short-circuit and start a fire in the affected vehicle’s engine compartment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s consumer report concerning the recall states that “the electrical circuit in the hydraulic electronic control unit may short-circuit, and cause a fire in the engine compartment.” The affected vehicles could display a warning light, or see “smoke coming from the engine compartment,” or detect a “burning/melting odor,” the NHTSA stated in its safety recall report.
Kia, the Korean auto manufacturer, issued a recall concerning:
- 2017-2021 Sportage Compact Sport-Utility Vehicles*, and
- 2017-2021 Cadenza Sedans*.
*The recalled models were not equipped with “smart cruise control.,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to one Colorado Kia dealership, the recalled motor vehicles should be parked outside and away from structures, garages, and houses to avoid property loss.
NHTSA officials stated that the affected vehicle owners could bring their car or SUV to their local Kia dealer to have the defect fixed. In recalled Sportage SUVs, dealers will inspect and replace specific fuses in the vehicle’s electrical junction box and then update the hydraulic electronic control unit software. The affected Cadenza sedans stated that a new fuse kit that contains a 25A fuse might be installed, replacing a kit containing a 40A fuse.
The recall follows the NHTSA’s investigation into engine fires concerning certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles. The auto industry is dealing which a global shortage of semiconductors.
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