#AceNewsReport – May.22: More than 57,000 cars are believed to be affected across the two models: Owners have been urged not to park the recalled cars in enclosed spaces, like garages, until they’ve been inspected and repaired:
Which Kia cars are being recalled and why are the engines failing? Here’s what we know: If your car is affected or if you’re looking for more information, you can find your closest dealer and all their contact details on Kia’s website.
Here’s what we know about the recall, and how to find out if your car is affected by the announcement.
Which Kia cars are being recalled?
Product Safety Australia has confirmed two models are involved in the recall:
- Kia QL Sportage (2016-2021)
- Kia CK Stinger (2017-2019)
The affected cars were sold nationally between April 2015 and October 2020, and Product Safety says there’s a total of 57,851 vehicles affected.
A list of vehicle identification numbers (VINs) has been released for both the Sportage and Stinger models to help identify individual cars involved in the recall.
If your car is one of the models in question, you can enter your VIN into a checker on Kia’s website to see if it’s affected.
What’s wrong with the engines in these models?
The concern with the affected models is about the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit, which Kia says can “remain live even when the vehicle is switched off”.
If any moisture gets into that unit while it’s live, which could be well after drivers have turned the car off, it could cause a short circuit that may result in a fire in the engine compartment.
“A vehicle fire could increase the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants or bystanders, and/or damage to property,” the recall notice says.
How will I know if my Kia has been recalled?
Product Safety says Kia is contacting known owners of affected vehicles by mail.
But it’s a good idea to check the list of VINs or use Kia’s website checker to identify whether your specific vehicle is at risk, especially if you bought the car second-hand or aren’t in direct contact with the original dealer for any reason.
You can also call your closest Kia dealer, even if it’s not where you originally bought your car, for more info.
What should I do if my car is on the list?
Owners of affected vehicles have been urged not to park their cars in garages or other enclosed spaces until they’ve been inspected and repaired.
Owners have also been warned not to park near any flammable structures.
Kia says affected vehicles will be repaired by installing a revised multi-fuse in the engine relay department, which should help lower the risk of short-circuiting and fire.
This repair is free but it’s up to vehicle owners to organise a time, so if you’re affected, get in touch with your nearest Kia dealer to check availability.
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