Kia Sportage Vehicles at Risk of Engine Fire Recalled
Water could contaminate the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit, potentially leading to a short circuit and engine fire
Kia Motors America is recalling 71,704 model year 2008-2009 Kia Sportage vehicles.
On the affected vehicles, the wire harness cover on the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) may be improperly sealed, allowing water to get onto the HECU circuit board.
If the water is contaminated with salt, such as could occur from melted snow, the wire harness connector pins may corrode and the circuit board may short circuit. If the HECU short circuits, there is an increased risk of an engine compartment fire.
The Kia Sportage vehicles impacted by this recall were all manufactured between August 9, 2007 and May 13, 2009.
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the connector pins on the affected vehicles for corrosion. If no corrosion is found, the connector cover will be replaced. If corrosion is present, the dealer will replace the HECU assembly and the connector cover. All repairs related to this recall will be completed free of charge to vehicle owners.
This recall is expected to begin on November 28, 2016. For additional information, owners can contact Kia customer service at (800) 333-4542.
Kia's reference number for this recall is SC138.