Kia Recalls 295,000 Vehicles in the US for Engine Fire Risk

Korean automaker Kia Motors announced on Sunday afternoon it is recalling 295,000 vehicles in the United States to fix issues that that could cause engine fires, representing a serious setback for the company a couple of weeks before the end of this year.

Korean automaker Kia Motors announced on Sunday afternoon it is recalling 295,000 vehicles in the United States to fix issues that that could cause engine fires, representing a serious setback for the company a couple of weeks before the end of this year.

In a statement, Kia said the recall covers some 2012-2013 model year Sorento, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid, 2014-2015 Soul, 2012-2015 Forte and Forte Koup, and 2012 Sportage vehicles because an engine compartment fire can occur while driving.

Kian also said that Dealers will inspect the engine compartment for oil for fuel leaks, make any repairs including engine replacement, as necessary, and perform other engine tests. The company pointed out that it is currently developing a Knock Sensor Detection System software update.

Last week, the South Korean automaker and affiliate Hyundai Motor agreed to a record $210 million civil penalty after United States’ auto safety regulators announced they failed to recall 1.6 million vehicles for engine issues in a timely fashion.


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