DETROIT — For the second time, Kia Recalls over 440,000 cars and SUVs in the United States to address a problem that can cause engine fires. Owners are often advised to park their vehicles outside and away from buildings because fires will occur while the engines aren’t going.
Last year, the same cars were recalled due to the possibility of brake fluid leaking into the control computer and creating an electrical short. And when the cars are parked, this will raise the chance of burning.
Dealers would repair the fuse, check the machines, and replace them if necessary this time. Beginning July 2, owners will receive letters informing them of the recall.
According to documents released by US safety regulators on Tuesday, the new fuse has a lower amperage level, reducing the risk of burning.
According to the papers, customers have reported six fires in Optimas and two in Sorentos due to “isolated melting.” An Optima with the previous recall patch melted, according to one dealer. It stated that no deaths or collisions had occurred.