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Kia recall: 70k Sportage, Sorento SUVs recalled for fire risk

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Kia America, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2016-2022 Sorento, 2021-2022 Sorento Hybrid (HEV), 2022-2023 Sorento Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV), and 2017-2022 Sportage vehicles equipped with a tow hitch harness installed as original equipment, or purchased as an accessory through a Kia dealership. Per this Kia recall, debris and moisture accumulation on the tow hitch harness module printed circuit board (PCB) may cause an electrical short, which can result in a fire.

Owners are advised to park outside and away from structures until the recall repair is complete. The remedy is currently under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 14, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC249.

We have seen a similar recall for Kia Telluride. The 2022 Kia Sorento currently has three recalls, the 2022 Sorento Hybrid has three recalls, the 2022 Sorento Plug-In Hybrid has three recalls, and the 2022 Sportage has one recall. If you own a Sorento or Sportage, be sure to consult the NHTSA recalls portion of the website and type in the specific VIN of your truck to see if this current recall applies to your vehicle.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

  • NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V703000
  • Manufacturer: Kia America, Inc.
  • Components: TRAILER HITCHES
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 70,887

Editor’s note: This information was copied directly from the NHTSA website. If you have questions or concerns about this recall, please contact Kia Motors America directly.

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