Kia is recalling over 420,000 vehicles over the risk of engine fires, though the nature of the issue arises from several sources and involves three separate recalls.
The largest of the three involves 228,829 vehicles — 2006–2010 Sedona minivans and 2007–2009 Sorento SUVs — due to moisture entering the anti-lock-braking system electronics, potentially leading to a short.
The cause of the moisture build-up is not yet known, but Kia does know that the potential for a fire resulting from the short is prevalent even when the vehicle is turned off, due to the ABS electronics’ always being energized.
Kia is reportedly aware of several incidents involving both Sedonas and Sorentos, though there have been injuries related to the incidents. It will begin advising owners in April to return the vehicles to dealerships, where a relay will be installed to switch the ABS off when the vehicle is parked. Until then, owners are advised to park their vehicles away from structures and other vehicles.
Sedonas are also being recalled to fix another potential fire starter issue, this time involving about 51,000 minivans from 2011-12 over a fuel injector rail that can crack due to extreme heat. There have been no instances of fire or injuries related to the issue, but Kia is aware of 24 incidents of leaking fuel, and will replace the injector rails on affected vehicles in mid April.
A similar issue affects about 142,000 Optima sedans from 2013-14, in this case resulting from deteriorating fuel hoses feeding 2.4-litre and turbo 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines. Kia is still developing a fix for the problem but expects to have it all ready to go also by mid-April.
It is aware of eight incidents involving the sedans, though no fires or injuries have been reported.