Kia issues another fire-related recall; K90 and Stinger cars affected

Irvine, CA – March 21, 2024 – Kia (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) is recalling 36,248 cars over an oil leak that may cause a fire. This ups the risk of a crash, injury and property damage. 

The recall comes on the heels of a fire and represents the latest episode in the series of Kia- and Hyundai-fire related recalls.

The affected cars have a turbo gasoline 3.3-liter engine and encompass the following models:

  • 2019 – 2020 Kia K900
  • 2018 – 2023 Kia Stinger

Recall summary

To increase power output, the engines in these cars are fitted with two turbochargers, one for each cylinder bank. Each turbocharger is lubricated with engine oil, which is delivered through a metal pipe. 

In the affected vehicles, the pipe for the left-hand turbo may become brittle because of heat exposure and develop a leak, allowing oil to drip onto hot exhaust components.  

Recall risks

Oil leaks inside the engine bay can lead to a fire, upping the risk of a crash and injury. In addition, the fire from a burning car may spread to other vehicles or structures, causing property damage. 

Warning signs

Oil dripping on the hot exhaust may cause a strong “burning smell” and “white smoke.” In addition, the “oil pressure warning light” may come on. 

Other Kia recalls

The 2019 Kia Stinger was previously recalled for the risk of fire in October 2020, as reported. As of October 2023 – the last date for which information was available – over 4,241 cars still needed repair.

To see if your car is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of one engine compartment fire. No injuries or accidents have been reported.

Over the past couple of years, Kia and its sister company Hyundai have recalled millions of cars because of non-crash related fires, some of which may occur even when the car is turned off and parked. 

The manufacturers are currently subject to an ongoing U.S. government investigation to determine both the adequacy of existing recalls and see if more cars need to be recalled, as reported. 

The repair

Dealers will replace the left-hand oil feed pipe free of charge.  

Owners should receive letters with more information on April 26, 2024.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Kia fire recall affects more than 35,000 cars. To do a Kia recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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