Do you own a 2017, 2018 or 2019 Kia Sportage SUV or Cadenza?
Your vehicle was just recalled by Kia Motors America. The company is urging owners to keep their vehicles parked outside away from other structures due to the risk of an engine fire.
The Associated Press reports a defect in the hydraulic electronic brake control unit may create too much electric current. This could potentially increase the chance of a fire in the engine compartment. So far, Kia has not received any reports of fires, crashes or injuries related to this defect.
Kia will not notify owners of these vehicles until April 30. Owners will be able to bring their cars to the dealer to replace fuses to address the problem.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating engine fires in Kia and Hyundai vehicles as far back as 2019. The probe was started after a petition was filed by the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety.
The Center for Auto Safety claimed it received complaints from owners about more than 3,100 fires, 103 injuries and one fatality.
If you own one of the vehicles that is part of this recall, watch for these signs of an increased risk of an engine fire:
- Unusual noise from your engine
- Check-engine light
- Smell of fuel
- Burning smell
- Leaking oil
- Low-oil light
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