Kia Recall Engine Spontaneous Combustion
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After discovering a short circuit in the hydraulic electronic brake control units of their 2017 through 2021 Sportage SUVs, popular car manufacturer Kia has issued a recall and is telling owners of the vehicles to park outside, far away from their homes or other items and structures that can catch fire.

The automaker estimates an astounding 380,000 cars have been affected by the recall.

Kia owners obviously aren’t very happy with the news, considering the severity of the defect.

According to ZeroHedge, guidance from the company says that: “Owners could see tire pressure, anti-lock brake or other warning lights on their dashboard before the problem happens. They also might smell a burning or melting odor.”

Kia says that so far there have been no crashes, fires or injuries as a result of the issue. The recall comes after the NHTSA began investigating Kia and Honda due to engine fires back in 2019. The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety had said there were complaints of more than 3,100 fires, 103 injuries and 1 death.

Last November, Kia was fined $137 million by the NHTSA for moving to slow on the safety improvements of more than one million cars with “engines that could fail.”

The official report noted, “Engine failure and fire problems with Hyundais and Kias have affected more than 6 million vehicles since 2015.”

To fix the problem, dealers will replace fuses, reports ZeroHedge.

Owners will be notified starting April 30th. Until then, the guidance is just “be really, really careful.”

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