Canada: Kia Models Recalled Due to Brake Fire Risk

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Transport Canada announced a significant recall affecting multiple Kia models due to a critical issue with the brake system. The brake hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU) has been identified as a potential fire hazard. This defect could lead to a fire even when the vehicle is parked and turned off, posing serious safety risks.

Key Highlights:

  • Models Affected: Kia Fortes, Optimas, Souls, Sportages, and seven other varieties from 2010 through 2017.
  • Issue: The brake hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU) could short-circuit and cause a fire even when the vehicle is parked and turned off.
  • Safety Precaution: Kia recommends that drivers park their vehicles outdoors, away from other cars or buildings, until the recall repairs are completed.
  • Units Affected: 276,225 vehicles.
  • Recall Details: Owners will be notified by mail and advised to take their vehicle to a dealership to replace the HECU fuse(s).

The recall impacts nearly 280,000 vehicles, specifically the following models:

  • Kia Borrego (2010-2011)
  • Kia Cadenza (2014-2016)
  • Kia Forte (2011-2013)
  • Kia Forte Koup (2011-2013)
  • Kia K900 (2015)
  • Kia Optima (2011-2015)
  • Kia Rio (2012-2017)
  • Kia Rondo (2010-2012, 2014-2017)
  • Kia Sorento (2011-2014)
  • Kia Soul (2011-2013)
  • Kia Sportage (2010-2013)

The safety risk associated with this recall is significant. A short circuit within the HECU can create a fire hazard, even when the vehicle is not in use. To mitigate this risk, Kia has advised owners to park their vehicles outdoors and away from other vehicles or structures until the necessary recall repairs are performed.

Kia will notify vehicle owners by mail and instruct them to bring their vehicles to a dealership to have the HECU fuse(s) replaced. This corrective action aims to eliminate the fire risk and ensure the safety of Kia vehicle owners.

Kia has taken this precautionary measure to ensure the safety of its customers and prevent any potential incidents. Owners are urged to take this recall seriously and follow the instructions provided to avoid any risks associated with the brake system defect.

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