Kia says if you have one of the company’s 380,000 recalled vehicles, you should park it outside.
That’s because of a potential engine compartment fire risk.
Some Sportage SUVs made between 2017 and 2021, as well as Cadenza sedans from 2017 through 2019, can have a short circuit in the hydraulic electronic brake control unit. Excessive current can increase fire risk, The Associated Press reported.
The vehicles do not have the company’s Smart Cruise Control system.
Owners might be alerted to the issue by dashboard warning lights. They may also smell an odor of burning or melting, the AP reported.
Owners will get notifications in April. Dealers will replace fuses in the electrical junction box to prevent fires.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been investigating Kia along with Hyundai since 2019, taking a look at engine fires, after the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety asked for an investigation.
To see if your KIA is under recall, click here.
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