Kia recalls 295,000 vehicles in the US over fire risks

by SpeedLux
Kia motors logo

Kia Motors said on Saturday it is recalling 295,000 U.S. vehicles over engine fire risks.

The automaker said the recall concerns some 2012-2013 model year Sorento, 2012-2015 Forte and Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid, 2014-2015 Soul, and 2012 Sportage vehicles as an engine compartment fire can take place while driving.

Dealers will inspect the engine compartment for fuel or oil leaks, conduct an engine test and make any repairs including engine replacement, as necessary. Kia said it is presently developing a Knock Sensor Detection System software update.

Last week, Kia and affiliate Hyundai Motor agreed to a record $210 million civil penalty after U.S. auto safety regulators said the automakers failed to recall 1.6 million vehicles over engine issues in a timely fashion.

The automakers agreed to consent orders after the U.S. agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the automakers inaccurately reported some information to the agency about the recalls.

The settlement covers recalls in 2015 and 2017 for manufacturing issues that could result in bearing wear and engine failure.

In the new Kia engine recall, NHTSA started an investigation in 2019 into non-crash fires in Kia and Hyundai vehicles. The agency in July recommended Kia carry out recalls on certain models with a higher fire complaint rate, the automaker said.

Kia said “based on NHTSA’s recommendation” it had made the “decision to recall certain Kia vehicles as a preventative measure to mitigate any potential fire risk”.

Hyundai Friday recalled 129,000 U.S. vehicles as connecting rod bearings may wear prematurely, which over time can result in engine damage and boost fire risks.

You may also like

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


SpeedLux is a high-authority automotive blog providing the latest automotive news and reviews. SpeedLux covers everything related to cars, bikes, and motorcycles, from news and reviews, to troubleshooting guides, tips and tricks, and more. SpeedLux was born in 2009 and we have over 20,000 articles published on our blog. We thank all our readers, as well as our partners, without whom we could not have reached this level.


©2009 – 2024 SpeedLux – Daily Automotive News and Reviews. All Right Reserved.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More