Two popular Kia models have been urgently recalled over fears they could catch fire, even when the engine is switched off.
Product Safety Australia issued a recall for more than 57,000 vehicles overnight, citing concerns with the Hydraulic Electronic Control Units.
The affected cars include the Kia QL Sportage MY2016-2021 and the CK Stinger MY2017-2019.
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“The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit, responsible for the Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control System and Traction Control System, can remain live even when the vehicle is switched off. If moisture enters the HECU, an electrical short circuit can occur,” the recall notice said.
“If an electrical short circuit occurs, this could result in an engine compartment fire when the key is switched off and the vehicle is parked.
“A vehicle fire could increase the risk injury or death to vehicle occupants or bystanders and/or damage to property.”
As a result, owners of the affected vehicles are being warned not to park their cars in an enclosed area, including the garage, until the fault has been fixed.
Kia Australia is currently contacting all known owners of affected vehicles by direct mail.
“Consumers should contact their nearest Kia Australia dealer to arrange for an inspection and repair of the vehicle, free of charge,” the recall notice said.
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