Recall Alert: The Kia Sportage and Sorento Could Catch Fire
If you are driving a Sportage or a car, make sure you park it outside for now. Do not park your vehicle under any covered surfaces or near structures because your SUV could catch fire. Thousands of Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento models are at risk.
Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento recalled due to fire
If you drive a Kia or Sorento, check if your SUV is at risk of ignition. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Sportage and Sorento can catch fire while driving or standing with the engine off.
Or a Kia Sportage falls under that recall, so be careful about where you park your car. Kia advises drivers to avoid parking under structures, away from buildings, and from garages. Basically, park outside.
An official treatment for this problem has not yet been released. However, Kia advised dealers to stop selling cars equipped with a traction tow belt fitted. Unsold belts will be returned to Kia.
Vehicle owners at risk may be notified via May starting around November 9. Hopefully Kia will have a solution by then. If the toe hitch has already been repaired or replaced, Kia will reimburse you for service costs.
You can call the Kia Customer Service Line at 1-800-333-4542 with any questions you have. Also, you can visit.
To find out if your SUV is now at risk, visit the NHSTA website and enter your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Why does this Kia problem sound so familiar?
That and the recall of the Kia Sportage is part of a much bigger problem. In August, a recall was issued for the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade due to the same hitch linkage issue.
This recall covers more than 281,447 vehicles. It is unclear if a permanent solution has been launched for these larger SUVs. However, Kia and Hyundai dealers removed the fuse to make the system idle in the meantime.
We will monitor Kia SUVs for updates as soon as they are released. Until then, remember to check your mailbox in November for a recall notice and stop outside.