Kia recalling more than 440,000 cars and SUVs for the second time

2014 Kia Sorento. Photo courtesy: NHTSA 2013 Kia Optima. Photo courtesy: NHTSA

Kia is recalling thousands of SUVs and cars for the second time to fix a problem that could cause engine fires.

The company is recalling certain Optima sedans from 2013 to 2015 and Sorento SUVs from 2014 to 2015.

These vehicles are said to have a possible electrical short in the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit that increases the risk of a fire while driving and while parked, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

The NHTSA posted the same recall in August 2020 for these vehicles.

Owners should receive a recall notification letter in the mail after July 2.

Owners are asked to park their cars outside and away from other vehicles and buildings until the recall repair is finished.

Dealers will install a new fuse, inspect the HECU, and replace them free of charge if needed.


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