More than 30,000 Kia vehicles urgently recalled over fire fears

Two popular Kia models have been urgently recalled over fears they could catch fire.

The popular car maker issued the recall for the more than 30,000 vehicles this week, citing concerns that a software issue could lead to overheating and result in a fire.

The affected cars include the Sportage mid-size SUV and Sorento seven-seat SUV.


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It applies to Sportage models built between 2015 and 2021 and Sorentos built between 2014 and 2020.

“Due to a software issue, the Heater Core Element may operate at a higher than intended temperature causing damage to the connector,” the recall notice reads.

“If this occurs it may result in a vehicle fire.

“A vehicle fire could increase the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants or other road users.”

Owners are being told they can contact their local Kia dealership to schedule an appointment to have the HVAC control unit software updated and the Heater Core Element and connector inspected and replaced if damaged.

More information on the vehicle recall can be found here.