Kia recalls thousands of Sportage and Stinger models due to fire risk

Owners urged to contact car maker to get vehicles repaired.

Korean car maker Kia has recalled tens of thousands of its Sportage SUV models and a smaller number of Stinger sports sedans due to the risk of fire.

Owners of affected vehicles have been urged to park away from flammable structures or enclosed areas until the vehicles are repaired.

A product safety alert issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said a total of 57, 851 Kia vehicles were affected, comprising 56,203 Kia QL Sportage models built between 2016-2021, and 1648 Kia CK Stingers built between 2017-2019.

According to the statement from the ACCC, the defect in both vehicles relates to the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), which is responsible for the Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control System and Traction Control System. The system can remain live even when the vehicle is switched off and if moisture enters the HECU, an electrical short circuit can occur.

Kia Stinger

The ACCC said if an electrical short circuit did occur, this could result in an engine compartment fire when the key was switched off and the vehicle was parked, resulting in the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants or bystanders, and/or damage to property.

Kia Australia is contacting all known owners of affected vehicles by direct mail and urging consumers to contact their nearest Kia Australia dealer to arrange for an inspection and repair of the vehicle, free of charge. 

For further information, consumers should contact Kia Motors Australia on 13 15 42.