Kia Motors America have decided that a defect affecting safety exists in certain 2017-2021 Kia Sportage SUVs manufactured from December 10, 2015 through October 23, 2020 and 2017-2019 Kia Cadenza cars manufactured from June 2, 2016 through June 14, 2019. These vehicles are not equipped with Smart Cruise Control (SCC). Approximately 380,000 units are affected.
According to the defect report, the electrical circuit within the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) could experience a short circuit. This short circuit could result in an excessive current that can overheat and start an engine fire.
|An indication that the problem is occurring includes:|
|Tire pressure warning light|
|ABS warning Light|
|MIL warning light|
|Burning / melting smell|
|Smoke from the engine compartment|
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace certain fuses in the electrical junction box. Vehicles equipped with an electronic parking brake (EPB) will also receive a HECU software update. Owners are advised to park outside and away from structures as a precaution until the recall repair is complete. Kia's number for this recall is SC206 and the NHTSA campaign number is 21V-134.