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(AUSTRALIA) PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL ALERT REPORT: Has announced a recall of two popular Kia car models, citing an engine defect that could result in them catching fire even when not switched on #AceNewsDesk report

#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.

The KIA logo is seen up close on a charcoal grey car.
The ACCC says affected Kia models are at risk of catching fire, even when switched off.(Flickr: Ivan Radic)

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.

An image of a white medium SUV Kia car against a white background.
Owners of 2016-2021 Kia QL Sportages, similar to this one, have been urged to check if their vehicles are affected by the recall.(Supplied/Ryde Kia)
A white sedan with black accents photographed against a plain white background.
More than 1,600 Kia CK Stingers made between 2017-2019 have been affected, similar to this 2019 model.(Supplied/

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.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.22: 2021:

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