Kia Sportage and Cadenza Models Recalled For Engine Fire Risk

by Aryn Plax

Mar 16, 2021

Kia advises that Kia Sportage SUVs and Kia Cadenza cars be parked outside. Its latest recall was issued because electrical short circuits could cause engine fires.

The recall affects nearly 380,000 model year 2017–2021 Sportage SUVs and Cadenza cars.

The electrical circuits inside the hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU) can short-circuit, causing fires.

However, Kia says the “exact cause of [the] electrical short circuit condition is unknown.”

Drivers should be alert for illuminated warning lights, burning odors, and smoke or flames from the engine compartment.

The recall is expected to begin April 30.

A woman stands beside her car, which has smoke coming out of its engine compartment.

Owners and lessees of Kia Cadenza and Sportage models can expect replacement of fuses in the electrical junction boxes. Models with electronic parking brakes will receive software updates to the HECU, and they require different fuse replacements than those without these brakes.

Drivers who sought related-repairs may receive reimbursements.