If you own a Kia Sportage (QL) built between 2016 and 2021 or Stinger (CK) assembled between 2017 and 2019, take note. Product Safety Australia has announced recalls on 57,851 vehicles due to the risk of fire.
The potential perpetuator is described as:
The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), responsible for the Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control System and Traction Control System, can remain live even when the vehicle is switched off. If moisture enters the HECU, an electrical short circuit can occur.
Once again this notice states that such a fire can take hold, even when the ignition is off. A similar recall was issued for the Hyundai Tucson, just weeks ago.
According to the recall published recall on the Product Safety Australia website, the issue is potentially serious.
If an electrical short circuit occurs, this could result in an engine compartment fire when the key is switched off and the vehicle is parked. A vehicle fire could increase the risk injury or death to vehicle occupants or bystanders and/or damage to property.
Kia Australia is tracking down owners, but you’d best to contact your local dealer. Arrangements will then be made for an inspection and repair of the vehicle, free of charge.
A list of Kia dealers can be found here.
As with the Tucson recall, Kia recommends that the vehicle should not be parked near any flammable structures or in an enclosed area, i.e. not in a garage.
Good luck with that!