Kia recalls Sportage SUVs over faulty airbags

Irvine, CA – December 10, 2022 – Kia (OTCKMTS:KIMTF) is issuing a recall for 76,918 2023 Kia Sportage SUV crossovers due to faulty airbags. This ups the risk of injury during a crash.

Recall summary

Side curtain airbags are meant to protect the occupants’ heads when a side impact collision happens. In the affected vehicles, which were produced at a Kia facility in Georgia, a worker error during assembly may have resulted in the side curtain airbags being twisted as they were installed in the vehicle.   

The component involved in this recall is the curtain airbag module with part numbers 80410-DW000 and 80420-DW000.

Recall risks

The bags may not deploy properly or even at all in a side impact collision. This brings an increased risk of injury to occupants. 

Other Kia recalls

In February of last year, there was a Kia airbag recall when over 400,000 vehicles of five different models were recalled over airbags that may not deploy during a crash, upping the risk of a serious injury.

Separately, both Kia and its sister company Hyundai are subject to a U.S. government investigation for numerous non-crash related fires and issues dozens of recalls related to the issue over the past couple of years. 

Case in point is the recent Kia Sportage recall, that occurred just last month when over 70,000  2008-2009 model-years were recalled for the second time since 2016 due to several fires that occurred post-repair.

The repair

Dealers will inspect the side curtain airbags and reinstall them correctly as needed, at no cost to the owner. Kia will reimburse owners who had these repairs made before the recall was announced. 

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified on or around December 28, 2022.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 76,000 vehicles are affected by this Kia Sportage airbag recall. To see if your vehicle is among them, run a Kia recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Kia issues second recall for older Sportage SUVs over fire risk

Irvine, CA – November 4, 2022 – Kia (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) is once again recalling 71,704 2008 and 2009 Kia Sportage compact SUVs due to the risk of these vehicles catching fire while driving or parked.

These cars were previously repaired for the same problem in 2016 but caught fire several times since, prompting the manufacturer to issue another recall. This is the latest chapter in the Kia and Hyundai fire-related saga.

Recall summary

The vehicles in question may experience an “engine compartment fire originating from around the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU)”, which is part of the anti-lock brake system, or ABS module.

The exact cause of the fire is currently under investigation. However, in at least one case, the vehicle that caught fire had “corroded wiring near connector and foreign substances/corrosion on printed circuit board (PCB),” which is a “medium” used to host the car’s “electronic components.”

Background of the recall

The same vehicles were repaired in 2016 due an electrical short within HECU caused by corrosion from an “improperly sealed” HECU cover. Dealers addressed the problem by inspecting the modules and replacing them if any traces of corrosion were present. 

But it appears that the repair may not have been sufficient, given that the current recall comes on the heels of 8 fires and 15 “melting” incidents that occurred in cars post-repair.

Recall risks

Risks with vehicle fires are well documented here and in previous similar recalls, such as this Hyundai fire issue from August 2022

Warning signs

If the HECU module overheats or catches fire, the ABS warning light on the dashboard may illuminate. Apart from that, the driver or occupants may notice the smell of burning or observe smoke.

Safety tips

Kia advises owners to park outdoors and away from buildings or other vehicles until the problem has been resolved. For tips on what to do in the even of fire, please visit the following article about yet another Kia fire recall.

Other Kia Sportage recalls

These fire issues are not the only problem that has been troubling the Korean manufacturer lately. Just a few days ago, they had to recall a batch of brand-new Kia Sportages that might catch fire

Vehicle fires are a problem that Kia and its sister company, Hyundai, have been tackling for some time now. These issues have been recapped in this article

The repair

At this time, the manufacturer is working on a solution for this Kia fire risk issue. Once available, the final repair will be free of charge. 

Vehicle owners will receive notification about the current issue on or around December 22, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 70,000 SUVs are being recalled over this Kia engine fire risk. To do a Kia recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool

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KIA recalls SUVs that may stall or burst into flames

Irvine, CA – October 18, 2022 – Kia (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) is recalling 19,701 2023 Kia Sportage SUVs with an electrical issue that may cause them to stall or even catch fire. This can happen while driving, increasing the risk of crash and injury. 

Recall summary  

The electrical power for a vehicle while it’s running is generated by an alternator. It is connected to the car’s battery with a wire cable, whose connector is held in place with a nut. On affected SUVs, this nut may not have been tightened up sufficiently during assembly

As such, the nut could become loose and cause a loss of electrical conductivity. This cuts the power supply to the vehicle, causing it to stall. In addition, loose electrical contact may create sparks, which can cause a fire inside the engine compartment.  

The component causing this recall is the alternator assembly, with part number 37300-2SGD1. 

Recall risks

A stalled vehicle can get hit by oncoming traffic, especially if this happens at high speeds. In addition, potential hazards caused by a fire while driving range from failure to stop and evacuate the car in time to being a threat to other motorists.

Warning signs 

Poor electrical connection at the alternator’s terminal will trigger the battery warning light on the dashboard. 

Other Kia recalls

There is an urgent Kia Sportage recall issued earlier this month due to the risk of the car tow hitch harness catching fire even if the car is parked. Owners are advised to park their vehicles away from structures. To see the full list of vehicles involved, please visit this page.

In addition to that, there are a number of other Kia fire recalls currently outstanding. See the overview of them here.


Dealers will check the nut and tighten it as necessary.  This repair is free of charge. 

Kia sent notifications to vehicle owners on September 23, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Kia fire risk issue is affecting almost 20,000 SUVs. To do a Kia recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Kia recalls K900 and Sportage cars over fire risk

Irvine, CA  – February 13, 2022 –  Kia Motors (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) is recalling 126,747 cars that may catch fire, increasing the risk of a crash and injury. This recall is just of the many Kia and its shareholder Hyundai had to do because of fire-related issues that have been plaguing both manufacturers.

SUVs and sedans that are affected by this recall include:

  • 2016 – 2018 Kia K900
  • 2014 – 2016 Kia Sportage

Recall summary  

The anti-lock brake system, or ABS, is a safety system that adjusts the braking force to each wheel, preventing them from locking up while braking hard or on slippery surfaces. On affected vehicles, the ABS module may overheat and cause a fire inside the engine bay.  The exact reason for overheating is still unknown, although it is suspected to be caused by an “internal electrical short“.

The component in question is the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU)  – which is part of the ABS module – with part numbers 58920-3T380 and 58920-3W810 for K900 and Sportage, respectively.

Recall risks

For more on the risks of this recall, please visit this article about a similar Kia recall.

Safety tips

Kia advises owners to park their vehicles outside, away from other vehicles and structures. This will prevent additional property damage in the event of a fire when the vehicle is stationary. 

Warning signs

The driver may be alerted to the electrical short by the check engine or ABS warning light.  Other warning signs include a burning smell and smoke coming from underneath the hood. 

Other Kia Sportage recalls 

In March 2021, 2018-2021 Sportage cars were part of a recall due to the same issue, as reported.

Additionally, over 50 model-years are currently subject to an ongoing U.S. government investigation to see if the remedies that have been issued for existing recalls are enough to fix the problem. The regulators are also looking into complaints about vehicles not part of these recalls catching fire to see if they need to be recalled as well

The repair

To fix the issue, dealers will replace the fuse with an uprated one, which will prevent the HECU from short circuiting and overheating. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on March 31, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This recall caused by Kia engine fires is affecting more than 120,000 vehicles. To do a Kia recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Bojan PopicKia recalls K900 and Sportage cars over fire risk