Irvine, CA – February 2, 2024 – Kia (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) is recalling 79,812 2011 Kia Sorento SUVs whose engines may malfunction and catch fire. This augments the risk of injury and property damage.
The recall comes on the heels of an ongoing U.S. government investigation and is the latest in the ongoing saga of Kia and Hyundai non-crash related fires.
All SUVs affected by this recall have a Theta II 2.4L gasoline engine, which may catch fire “while driving.” Kia does not explain how and why this occurs.
Vehicle fire greatly increases the risk of injury or property damage.
In addition to an unusual “engine noise” and an illuminated check engine light, occupants could notice a burning smell and smoke.
Background of the recall
The recall comes following an ongoing investigation by the U.S. government auto safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to determine the adequacy of existing Hyundai and Kia recalls and see if more cars need to be recalled due to non-crash related fires.
The investigation was launched after the agency received more than 100 complaints about vehicles bursting into flames, either while driving or being turned off.
Other Kia recalls
Apart from the said investigation, certain Kia Sorrento SUVs were recently recalled over an issue with their rearview cameras.
In addition, these SUVs, alongside many other Kia and Hyundai models, were the subject of a massive fire-related recall that took place in October 2023.
Dealers will replace the engine if necessary. Otherwise, the cars will receive Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) software, which should detect any abnormal engine operation and take measures to prevent further damage.
The repair will be free of charge.
Owners should receive letters with more information on February 9, 2024.
Is your vehicle a part of this recall?
This Kia engine fire recall affects almost 80,000 SUVs. To do a Kia recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.