Pleasanton, CA – July 8 2020 – Kia Motors America (OTC:KIMTF) has recalled 5,385 Kia Sedona vehicles because a nut on the generator of the electrical power in the car was not sufficiently tightened during assembly. The nut may loosen over time, which creates an extreme risk of fire. Affected vehicles include:
- 2020 Kia Sedona
In July, Kia announced that a nut on the alternator was not properly tightened when the car was in production. The alternator converts energy generated by the engine into electricity, which charges the vehicle’s battery and powers the electrical system.
A loose alternator terminal nut creates an extreme fire risk. In February of 2020, Kia received a customer complaint which alleged that a 2020 Sedona caught on fire. The manufacturer investigated and found that an alternator terminal nut was missing. Kia inspected a group of Sedona vehicles and determined that some terminal nuts were not properly tightened.
What to do in case of a fire
Car fires are extremely dangerous. If your vehicle catches fire, here is what you should do:
- Pull over to a safe location as soon as possible
- Turn off the engine
- Immediately get yourself and your family away from the vehicle
- Call 911
If you think that there is a fire under the hood, do not open it to avoid feeding the fire oxygen.
To eliminate the risk of fire, the B+ alternator terminal nut must be inspected and tightened, if necessary. The update itself should take less than half a day.
There is no charge for this repair, and the recall is expected to start on August 14, 2020.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 5,300 cars are included in this Kia recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.