15,000 Kia Sportage models in New Zealand facing recall over potential fire risk
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Just recently, more than 57,000 Kia vehicles in Australia were recalled over a potential electric fault that could lead to the vehicles catching fire, even with the engine turned off.
After being made aware of this recall, Kia New Zealand has announced that it's in the process of releasing a similar recall that will include approximately "15,000 Sportage and 120 Stinger" vehicles in New Zealand.
“The safety of Kia owners is paramount and, whilst there haven’t been any historical incidents of this specific issue happening in New Zealand, we are proceeding with due caution and will issue a recall notice,” said Managing Director of Kia New Zealand, Todd McDonald.
“We will be proactively contacting all owners of affected vehicles and asking them to take their vehicle to their nearest authorised Kia dealership for inspection and repair, the cost of which will be covered by Kia New Zealand.”
The specific vehicles in question over in Australia are the Sportage models built between MY2016 and 2021, and Stinger models manufactured between MY2017-2019.
We're still yet to hear from Kia as to whether the New Zealand recall will affect these same vehicles.
In Australia, the issue was lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and read: “The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), responsible for the anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control system and traction control system, can remain live even when the vehicle is switched off. If moisture enters the HECU, an electrical short circuit can occur."
"If an electrical short circuit occurs, this could result in an engine compartment fire when the key is switched off and the vehicle is parked – a vehicle fire could increase the risk injury or death to vehicle occupants or bystanders and/or damage to property," the notice continues.