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Kia Sportage recall: 70k compact SUVs recalled for fire risk

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Kia America, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2008-2009 Sportage vehicles previously recalled under recall 16V-815. For this Kia Sportage recall, an engine compartment fire originating from around the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) may occur while parked or driving.

A fire increases the risk of injury.

Owners are advised to park outside and away from structures and other vehicles until the recall repair has been performed. The remedy is currently under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 22, 2022. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC253.

The 2008-2009 Kia Sportage currently has three recalls. This is completely unrelated to another recall on more current Sportage models, which are also being recalled for a fire risk.

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: 22V800000
  • Manufacturer Kia America, Inc.
  • Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
  • Potential Number of Units Affected 71,704

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

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Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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