Kia Issues Second Recall of Optima, Sorento Vehicles for Fire Risk

by Aryn Plax

May 27, 2021

Kia is recalling more than 440,000 model year 2013–2015 Optima sedans and 2014–2015 Kia Sorento SUVs because they are at risk of engine fires, even when they are not running.

This is the second time Kia is recalling these vehicles.

Kia recommends that drivers park these vehicles outdoors and away from structures.

According to the recall, brake fluid could leak into the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit, causing electrical shorts.

Recall notices are expected to be sent out July 2.

Dealers will install a new multi-fuse, inspect the control units for leaks and, if necessary, replace these control units.

Documents from federal safety regulators say that the new fuse has a lower amperage rating and would mitigate the risk of a fire.

Source: Detroit Free Press