Recall Alert: Kia Sorento Hearth Threat

Kia could substitute the engines of as much as 80,000 Sorento SUVs from mannequin 12 months 2011 due to a collection of engine fires the automaker can’t clarify.

The corporate tells federal security regulators, “An engine compartment fireplace can happen whereas driving for a lot of totally different causes, and relying on the severity of the fireplace, the identification of the trigger may be untraceable.”

Kia hasn’t disclosed what number of engine fires it is aware of of in 2011 Sorento SUVs. However the firm says it may well’t determine why they’re taking place. “A trigger ensuing from a producing or design defect has not been recognized,” the corporate tells the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration.

Nevertheless it is aware of the difficulty is proscribed to Sorento fashions manufactured at a Georgia plant between October 24, 2009, and June 24, 2011, all carrying the corporate’s Theta II 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and with out knock sensor detection software program.

So, Kia has ordered sellers to examine all 80,000 and set up the software program in all of them. The corporate says that if an engine fails inspection, sellers will substitute it fully. The corporate thinks that situation may apply to simply 1% of the 80,000. It has not defined what sellers will probably be looking for within the inspection.

The Theta II engine has confirmed problematic, topic to a number of intensive remembers and at the very least one class-action lawsuit. Neither Kia nor its sister firm, Hyundai, use the engine in present merchandise.

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