Kia is recalling a total of 228,829 units of the Sedona and Sorento due to a heightened risk of engine fire, following reports of moisture entering the anti-lock brake (ABS) module.
The models affected by the recall are Sedona van from the 2006 to 2010 model years and Sorento SUVs from the 2007 to 2009 model years.
According to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, both models are susceptible to an electrical short that could lead to engine fires even when the car is off because the module remains energized. The report, however, does not include information on how moisture enters the ABS system’s module.
Kia said it is aware of fire incidents involving two Sedona minivans and five Sorento SUVs, which may have been a result of the electrical short, but it has clarified that there were no reports of injuries.
Kia also announced it will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles in April. However, as a precautionary measure, the company is recommending car owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures as well as other vehicles until repairs are done.
The problem is very similar to a recent recall of Hyundai Elantra models earlier this month, which was prompted by fire risks due to moisture entering the ABS module. A spokesperson for Hyundai said the issue can occur when the vehicle is in use.
To fix the problem, dealers will install a relay to prevent power from being sent to the ABS module while the car is off.