Kia Recalls About 72K SUVs, Electric Short Can Cause Fires - NBC Bay Area

Important News on Consumer Products That Can Keep You Safe

Kia Recalls About 72K SUVs, Electric Short Can Cause Fires

Government documents say Kia got nine complaints about 'thermal events'

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Kia Recalls About 72K SUVs, Electric Short Can Cause Fires
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    In this file photo, the Kia Motors Corp. logo is seen on its car at a showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 23, 2010.

    Kia is recalling nearly 72,000 SUVs in the U.S. because an electrical short in a computer can cause engine fires.

    The recall covers Sportage models from 2008 and 2009.

    Kia says in government documents that water containing road salt can get into a braking control computer. That can cause wiring connectors to rust and a circuit board to short, possibly sparking a fire.

    The problem was discovered after a 2008 Sportage caught fire while parked in a driveway in April. Government documents say Kia got nine complaints about "thermal events." No injuries were reported.

    Protesters Removed From Senate Health Care Bill Hearing

    [NATL] Health Care Bill Protesters Forcibly Removed From Senate Finance Committee Room

    Protesters chanting "No cuts for Medicaid, save our liberty!" were forcibly removed from the Senate Finance Committee room Monday as lawmakers attempted to convene a hearing into the Republican Graham Cassidy health care bill.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 25, 2017)

    If dealers find wiring rust, they'll replace the computer assembly. If there's no rust, they'll replace a cover. The recall should begin Nov. 28.

    Kia says customers with questions can contact the company at (800) 333-4542.