Owners of affected Kia vehicles are being urged to contact their nearest Kia Australia dealer to arrange a free-of-charge inspection and repair of their vehicle over fears of a dangerous defect.
Models being affected are the Kia QL Sportage (MY2016-2021) and the CK Stinger (MY2017-2019), with a total of 57,851 affected vehicles. See a list of Kia QL Sportage VIN numbers here and a list of Kia CK Stinger VIN numbers here.
Product Safety Australia reports that the vehicle engine could burst into flames - even when the vehicle is switched off.
The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), responsible for the Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control System and Traction Control System, can remain live even when the vehicle isn't in use. If moisture enters the HECU, an electronic short circuit can occur.
This short circuit can result in an engine compartment fire which could increase the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants or bystanders.
Kia Australia is asking all owners of affected cars to contact their nearest Kia Australia dealer to arrange a free-of-charge inspection and repair of their vehicle over fears of a dangerous defect.
Kia also recommends that until the vehicle has been inspected and repaired, it should not be parked near any flammable structures or in an enclosed area like your garage.
To contact Kia Motors Australia directly call 13 15 42.
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