295,000 U.S. Kias Recalled for Engine Fire Risks

Authorities are concerned that the cars' engines may ignite while driving.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Engine fire risk is no joke and can often end up seriously injuring a car's drivers and passengers. That is why it came as a shock when on Saturday when Kia recalled 295,000 of its vehicles due to that reason, as reported by Reuters.


The risk involved in this latest recall is that an engine compartment fire can ignite while driving. The recall concerns some 2012-2013 model year Sorento, 2012-2015 Forte and Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid, 2014-2015 Soul, and 2012 Sportage vehicle. 

The firm announced that when consumers bring in the cars for testing, the engine compartment will be carefully inspected for fuel or oil leaks and engine tests will be performed. After that, any required repairs including engine replacement will be undertaken.

The carmaker also revealed it is currently developing a Knock Sensor Detection System software update. The news came after Kia affiliate Hyundai recalled on Friday 129,000 U.S. vehicles due to connecting rod bearings that may wear prematurely.

This issue may lead to engine damage and increased fire risks. Kia and Hyundai have both already been fined a civil penalty of $210 million for failing to recall 1.6 million vehicles due to engine issues.

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that the automakers inaccurately reported facts regarding the recallsThe NHTSA opened the new Kia investigation in 2019 and recommended in July that the automaker conduct recalls on models with a higher fire complaint rate. 

Following the agency's instructions, Kia said it took the “decision to recall certain Kia vehicles as a preventative measure to mitigate any potential fire risk.” The firm's current civil penalty is a total of $70 million that includes requirements to spend $16 million on safety measures.

Will you be driving a Kia any time soon or has this news made you lose trust in the firm?