Kia Planning to Recall More Than 50,000 Vehicles Due to Fire Concerns
UNITED STATES – Automaker Kia is preparing to recall more than 50,000 vehicles due to concerns over fires, according to an online news story published at wcpo.com. The fires might be linked to faulty repairs performed on the vehicles’ fuel pumps during a previous recall.*
According to a memo from Kia, dated January 11, the auto manufacturer is planning to launch an investigation to determine whether fuel pumps were installed correctly during repairs that would have been performed in accordance with a previous recall. The previous recall was related to engine issues, and Kia suspects that high-pressure fuel pumps were improperly installed during recall repairs.
“The remedy for the previous recall 17V224 may not have been properly performed in all cases by the Kia dealers,” the memo said. “In some cases, the high-pressure fuel pipe may have been damaged, misaligned, or improperly torqued during the engine replacement procedure, allowing fuel to leak [and] increasing the risk of fire.”
If the recall moves forward, it would apply to about 50,000 Kia Optima vehicles, 17,000 Kia Sorento vehicles, and 1,000 Kia Sportage vehicles that were included in the previous recall. Kia said it is not aware of any accident or injuries resulting from the fuel pump issue and stated that the company is waiting to launch the recall until it receives approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall approval could take a while longer, as NHTSA has been affected by the government shutdown. NHTSA employees have been furloughed because of the shutdown, and the agency is not taking up new matters at this time.
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