Kia Recalls Various Vehicles With Replacement Engines for Fuel Leaks in High Pressure Fuel Lines
the high pressure fuel line may have been damaged or installed incorrectly
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Optima, 2012-2017 Sorento and 2011-2018 Sportage vehicles that previously received an engine replacement under recall number 17V-224, warranty, or the Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) Product Improvement Campaign. The high pressure fuel pipe that connects to the fuel pump outlet may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly torqued during the engine replacement procedure, possibly causing a fuel leak.
What's the problem?
Kia received reports of vehicle fires in vehicles that previously received replacement engines under warranty or various campaigns. During analysis of these fires, Kia learned of a potential fuel leak from high pressure fuel line and fuel pump outlet area. Possible misalignment and/or improper torquing of fuel pipe to fuel pump by certain technicians during engine replacement was identified as the cause.
What happens next?
Kia has begun to notify owners. Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pipe, as necessary, free of charge.
Owners may contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC172.