We recently wrote that some Hyundai Tucson and Kia Stinger owners were concerned about engine fires. It involved the anti-lock braking system. Now Kia is issuing another recall involving the increased potential for fire.
Issued March 9, 2021, by Kia Motors America, a new recall involves 379,931 Kia not equipped with Smart Cruise Control. This includes all 2017-2021 model year Kia Sportages (372,251 vehicles) manufactured from December 10, 2015, through October 23, 2020. It also includes all 2017-2019 model year Kia Cadenzas manufactured between June 2, 2016, and June 14, 2019, which adds 7,680 more vehicles.
A parking brake issue
The manufacturer advises that owners should park their vehicles outside and away from homes and other structures. According to the NHTSA, the cause for the higher potential for fire is an electrical circuit in the hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU) operating the parking brake (EPB), which is prone to short circuit when there is excessive current. The malfunction can then cause fires in the engine compartment. The manufacturer plans to replace fuses in the electrical junction box as well as update the HECU software.
Not sure if a vehicle qualifies?
Owners can enter their 17-digit VIN id (vehicle identification number) at the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) Safety Issue and Recalls page to see if their vehicle qualifies. If so, they should then schedule a free repair at their closest Kia dealer to get repairs done for free. The recall begins April 30, 2021, but owners should exercise extreme caution until dealers make repairs. They should also continue to monitor the vehicle’s health and return to the shop if there is evidence that the repair did not work.