Kia recalls 57,000 vehicles over engine fire risk

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Kia owners are being cautioned to contact the car company this week after it detected two major defects in two of its models. According to Product Safety Australia, the engines in the Kia QL Sportage MY2016-2021 and CK Stinger MY2017-2019 may catch fire, even when the vehicles are switched off.

Reportedly 57,000 Aussies own these models across the country. So, if that’s you, here’s a quick breakdown of what you need to know about this recall.

What are the defects?

Basically, the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) in the two affected Kia models can short-circuit if water enters it. This could cause an engine compartment fire, even if the car is switched off and parked, as the HECU can remain live for some time without power.

The HECU controls the Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control System and Traction Control System.

What should you do if you own one of the recalled models?

Kia Australia is contacting all known owners of the affected car models by mail to organise a free inspection. You can also contact your local Kia dealer directly to arrange an inspection and organise a repair (if needed), free of charge.

Ahead of the inspection, Kia encourages all owners to park their vehicles away from their home or indoor structures. So don’t just park your car in the garage as per normal.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact Kia Motors Australia on 13 15 42.

Other car brands with engine fire risks

Believe it or not, Kia isn’t the only car manufacturer to encounter risks of engine fire in their recent models.

A failure in the Anti-Lock Braking System of the 2015-2021 Hyundai Tucson models also had the potential for an engine compartment fire. This caused Hyundai to urgently recall close to 100,000 cars for a similar defect in February this year.

Active recalls to be wary of

Over the years, many popular car brands have had to recall their models for defects and other issues. The ongoing Takata airbag recall is one of the most infamous, since it affects multiple models across multiple brands (even a few motorcycles!).

Takata airbags pose a severe risk of injury from misdeployment and it’s estimated over 150,000 vehicles still have the faulty airbags. So, before driving any car, it’s worth popping the rego in at to see if the vehicle has been affected.

You can also view the full list of models affected by the Takata airbag recall here.

Ultimately, if you’re ever worried about potential defects in your car, you can search through the latest recalls on the Product Safety Australia website.

Want to find out which cars are the safest on the Aussie market – new and used? We’ve got you covered. Check out our recent article on the subject here.

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