More than 1,800 Kia vehicles have burst into flames, now the government wants to know why.
It’s about time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was petitioned to look into these non-collision fires last June. They are responsible for 77 injuries and 1 death. The investigation will focus on the Theta II engine, but the NHTSA plans on looking into tail lights and other potential combustion sources as well .…keep reading article "NHTSA Opens Investigation into Non-Collision Kia Fires"
Kia is recalling the Sportage over concerns that oil pan leaks could stall the engine or set it on fire.
The automaker says there was a problem during the assembly of the oil pan seals for the 2011-2012 model years. Now they want owners to watch out for signs of a problem – oil pools on the ground, check engine lights, a wall of flames shooting out of your hood, etc. You know, subtle stuff like that. Kia doesn’t know how they’ll fix the problem and they don’t plan on contacting owners about the recall until April 10, 2019.keep reading article "Recall Warns Sportage Owners To Watch for Oil Leaks"
Over 379,000 Souls are at risk of burning in eternal damnation … due to damaged catalytic converters and connecting rod failures.
Wait, you knew I was talking about the Kia Soul, right? The automaker has admitted that hot exhaust gas is overheating the catalytic converters. Additionally, piston damage and busted connecting rods can puncture the engine block and let oil leak onto the hot exhaust. In other words, these things are a tinder box and the recall can’t come fast enough.keep reading article "379,000 Souls At Risk of a Fiery Damnation. Kia Souls, That is."
Kia is recalling nearly 68,000 engines with fuel tubes that were misaligned, improperly tightened, or otherwise damaged during installation.
This lets gas can spray out onto hot surfaces and is the perfect recipe for engine fires. To make matters worse, these engines were the replacements for recalled engines that suffered from knocking and seizing due to widespread oil flow problems. Yeesh.…keep reading article "Even Kia’s Replacement Engines Are Catching on Fire"
What are the odds that your car will set itself on fire without ever being involved in a collision?
Much higher than you’d think, especially if you’re one of these 3 million Hyundai and Kia owners. The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has put together a list of vehicles that they say should be taken off the road until a pending government investigation ends with a comprehensive recall.…keep reading article "Are 3 Million Hyundai and Kia Cars Too Dangerous to Drive?"
Part of the Niro’s hybrid system is overheating to the point where it might start a fire, leading to a recall of 27,000 vehicles.
The power relay assembly tested by Kia is located underneath the rear seat, but a bad connection between the main relay contacts can cause increased electrical resistance that generates heat.
Don’t let anyone tell you that the Niro comes with seat heaters in the back row.keep reading article "Niro’s Rear Seats Might Get Torched by Overheating Power Relay Assembly"
A small number (62) of 2017 Sorento SUVs have defective crankshafts, forcing a recall that starts next month.
Kia also says it's possible failed crankshafts could cause fires, so dealers will need to inspect the crankshafts and if needed, replace the engine sub assemblies.
If your crankshaft breaks it’s going to be a bad day. A fire would just be the cherry on top.keep reading article "Failing Crankshafts May Catch on Fire in the 2017 Sorento"